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    RIP Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry

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    Damn...
    The one and only time I ever saw him play live was on the Tonight Show in the Carson era; he was in his late '70's. he played 'Roll Over Beethoven' and I've never seen an audience so loving, so devoted. I think that considering his age everyone watching would have been happy with just the song, but when he started on the guitar solo he began doing the 'chicken neck' and the 'duck walk' across the stage - the crowd went absolutely freakin' ballistic! A true professional and a true performer; he did not simply play Rock 'n Roll, he WAS Rock 'n Roll - he in a large part CREATED this sound we adore.

    He is one of the true, genuine pantheon of musical Gods; the Creators; the real legends. It's sad to see him go but he had a good run and a good life; a thousand years from now people will still be glowing when they say his name.

    And THIS is why - the best rock 'n roll ever played!
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    My late uncle (an "oldies" DJ and sound engineer) knew him and had worked with him.
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    all forgot until this morning about this on voyager 1.
    https://youtu.be/ZFo8-JqzSCM
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    First inductee to the R&R HOF (naturally). He was an inspiration for the Stones, the Boss, even the Beach Boys. And, yeah, he's on Voyager 1 ... maybe he'll inspire a whole 'nother world some day.
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    I grew up in St. Louis. Chuck Berry lived a little outside the St. Louis area, in St Charles. I never met him, but occasionally you could see him on the highway. He drove a big Cadillac with steer horns mounted on the hood of the car. No, I don't remember the color of the car.

    And yes, I'm a child of the '50s & '60s so I used to listen to Chuck. RIP
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    He was one of the greats. Play 6 notes.... and everybody knows it's " Jonny B. Goode ". No question. He had a great voice and a gift for music , and writing, and a warm command of the stage that was endearing. The world truly " Loved " Chuck Berry " , and there was a lot to love. He never lost his edge. He was always relevant. His music was embraced by generations upon generations. And he always showed up for his gigs. He inspired people who just fun-strummed the guitar to try lead , and he set them free !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Chuck Berry will always be with us for we shall carry him with us in our hearts and rock and roll shall be his anthem.

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    I used to like Chuck Berry until I learned that he stole that sound from Marty McFly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by astrotimer View Post
    all forgot until this morning about this on voyager 1.
    https://youtu.be/ZFo8-JqzSCM
    The comedian Steve Martin once did a bit about an alien civilisation finding Voyager and the recording. They beam a message back to earth in response: "Send more Chuck Berry."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jens View Post
    I used to like Chuck Berry until I learned that he stole that sound from Marty McFly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Geo Kaplan View Post
    The comedian Steve Martin once did a bit about an alien civilisation finding Voyager and the recording. They beam a message back to earth in response: "Send more Chuck Berry."
    To paraphrase....

    Jay: You do know Chuck Berry is dead, right?
    Kay: No, Chuck Berry is not dead. He just went home.

    His mother told him "Someday you will be a man
    And you will be the leader of a big old band
    Many people coming from miles around
    To hear you play your music when the sun go down
    Maybe someday your name will be in lights
    Saying 'Johnny B. Goode Tonight'"
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    Chuck Barris has also died. Not a good week for elderly guys named Chuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebuchet View Post
    Chuck Barris has also died. Not a good week for elderly guys named Chuck.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVEhDrJzM8E

    Sorry; just couldn't resist.

    Rats, he died too? I loved that show - the ultimate expression of '70's cheesiness.
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    At least J P Morgan is still living

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