Rest in Power: Chuck Berry

The famous ‘duck walk’ from the Tami Show film, December 1964. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

Chuck Berry is the father of rock n’roll music. In the post-war world, the kind of refined rhythm and blues music that Berry played would help define a generation that its idols were James Dean from Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Marlon Brando from The Wild One (1953). His songs were easily relatable as they dealt with everyday events such as high school, fast cars, and prom dances. For an upcoming generation of teenagers this was revolutionary. There had never before had there been music that spoke directly to and for the youth. It was also through this revolutionary style, and considerable airplay, that he and many artists helped bridge the gap between white and black music communities. His style would further influence rock’n’roll icons as Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen…..

Read the full Chuck Berry obituary published at Heatwave Magazine!!