Why Lord, why?!

Music legend Chuck Berry, 90, passed away this afternoon after police found him unresponsive at his Missouri home. According to an official statement, “[he] could not be revived and was pronounced deceased at 1:26 p.m.”

It’s a sad day in music. Rock & roll’s pioneer has left this earth with a legacy none will forget. You might think . . . well, others might think rock & roll started with Elvis Presley. But it’s always been Chuck Berry as the mastermind, defining the genre and producing a sound kids would spend their last dollar to hear.

With songs like “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he mixed genres – playing with R&B, country and a touch of blues – to create musical masterpieces. Oh, and we can’t forget “Sweet Sixteen,” the hit the Beach Boys famously “borrowed” in their 1963  hit “Surfin’ U.S.A.”

Speaking of, check out this famous scene from “Cadillac Records” when Chuck Berry, aka Mos Def, first heard “Surfin U.S.A.” on the radio.


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