Rock and roll set a whole generation free and on fire during the 1960′s. I have written before about how much influence the blues had on British and American rock and roll. We also need to appreciate where rock and roll came from. One of the leading innovators – Chuck Berry – is still alive and deserves our deep respect and appreciation. He taught us all how to have fun and enjoy life. He helped young people shake off their shackles and get happy. He sang about cars, girls and wild music. He was also one of the most gifted guitar players. He directly influenced all the best sixties bands – Beach Boys, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, the Animals and countless others who covered his songs. He is likely the most studied and admired musician we have known.
John Lennon said “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.” He helped us break sexual taboos and rebel against authority. Chuck Berry will soon celebrate his 85th birthday. He has had an amazing and creative life that have made us all much happier. Read what follows to learn about the many honors Chuck has received along with his impacts on music and society. There is also news about his health following an incident in Chicago last January. Learn to appreciate how his songwriting and guitar picking were truly innovative and important. Go to I-tunes or wherever to get the real deal and support this great artist. Let’s all praise rock and roll’s leading light for almost a century.