Yesterday, Chuck Berry died at age 90. That’s a long time for anybody to stick around, never mind a rock star. But he was the original one, with on-stage dancing (his famous “duck walk”, and that crazy skippity-hop thing) that matched the tremendous energy of his sound:
My personal fave of his? What else:
And if that riff and the cheering it prompted sound familiar, that’s because it’s the inspiration for these four fabbos:
That’s right, folks, without Chuck, the Beatles would never have had that wildly contagious sound. It wouldn’t be quite accurate to call him the original Beatle, though. He was original…period.
And he will be much missed here.