Monday, March 20, 2017

RIP Chuck Berry

Rock N' Roll legend, Chuck Berry is dead. Bursting onto the scene in 1955, Chuck Berry nurtured rhythm and blues into rock n' roll. John Lennon once quipped "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry". Such was Chuck Berry's influence on the sound and presence of the genre.

Chuck Berry had a number of hits over the years, such as "Maybellene", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Rock N' Roll Music", "Johnny B. Goode", "No Particular Place To Go", "You Never Can Tell",  and "Nadine" But, for me, Chuck Berry's defining song has always been "Johnny B. Goode", a song that Berry has said is somewhat autobiographical. It's a song about an illiterate country boy who plays a mean guitar and wants to see his name in lights. It's a song that was put onto the golden records on the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecrafts. Eons from now, an alien culture may find those spacecraft and play those records and Chuck Berry will be seen as a significant part of Earth culture. So, as those spacecraft sail through space, the man who wanted to see his name in lights will have done better than he could have ever hoped, for his name now flies among the stars.

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