Over the weekend, Chuck Berry died. He was ninety.
More than anyone, Chuck Berry invented rock and roll. Without him … well, who knows. The musicians who followed knew his contribution, and were generally happy to take instruction. Even Keith Richards:
He understood the debt others owed him. [Read Chuck Berry’s Reviews of The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Ramones, and More.]
Astronomer Carl Sagan once sent Chuck Berry a letter:
A related story going round NASA has it that the one message ever received from interplanetary space was a our-word message reading thus:
send more Chuck Berry