Rock "n" roll legend Chuck Berry died in his Missouri home at the age of 90 on Saturday (Mar. 18, 2017). His Song "Johnny B. Goode" is on the copper records aboard the Voyager space probes, launched into outer space in 1977 to reach out to the universe with the best of our culture.
He had such a huge impact on music that John Lennon once said, "If you had tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'".
Tim Riley, professor of journalism at Emerson College, Boston-based music critic, and author of "Lennon: Man, Myth, Music". "One of the founding fathers of rock and roll has passed on... if it wasn't for Chuck Berry there wouldn't have been rock and roll".
The record - his first since 1979's "Rock It" -was first announced on his 90th birthday in October.
They wrote: "Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock'n'roll".
Two days after the singer died, a statement on his website noted that music from his upcoming album, "Chuck", will be revealed in "the coming days".
Regarding his influence on the Fab Four, Sir Paul noted, "From the first minute we heard the great guitar intro to "Sweet Little Sixteen" we became fans of the great Chuck Berry".
See instead Rolling Stone magazine's coverage of Berry's death. Here's a just-released announcement from the Berry family. From his signature duck walks and spanky solos to his total and unquestionable command of the stage and crowd, this brief survey shows why so many consider Berry to be the true originator of the genre. "Chuck you were incredible & your music is engraved inside us forever".