Musicians around the world took time over the weekend to remember the late Chuck Berry. Rock’s first guitar hero, one of it’s all-time greatest songwriters and a man who inspired generations of musicians, died on Saturday at the age of 90.
The members of The Rolling Stones, the second-generation rock band most closely identified with Berry’s music, shared remembrances on the band’s website:
“I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others and threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck, you were amazing, and your music is engraved inside us forever,” wrote Mick Jagger.
“One of my big lights has gone out!” wrote Keith Richards.
“So sad ~ with the passing of Chuck Berry comes the end of an era. He was one of the best and my inspiration, a true character indeed,” added Ronnie Wood.
Bruce Springsteen tweeted: “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived,” adding, “This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages.”
Ringo Starr tweeted: “Just let me hear some of that rock ‘n’ roll music any old way you use it I am playing I’m talking about you. God bless Chuck Berry”
In a statement, former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty wrote, “Great songwriter, great guitar player, great singer. One of a kind. Thank you Mr. Chuck Berry for teaching me how it’s done. Hail, hail Rock and Roll! RIP