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ID:	79914 The man who did so much to help form what we know as Rock 'n' Roll is dead!

    St. CHARLES, MO (KTVI) – Reports coming in confirm that police have reported that legendary rock n’ roll musician Chuck Berry has died at the age of 90-years-old.


    First responders were called to a medical emergency on Buckner Road at about 12:40pm Saturday. They found an unresponsive man inside the home. They started administering lifesaving techniques. St. Charles Police say he could bot be revived. Berry was pronounced dead at 1:26pm.

    St. Charles Police sat they have confirmed the identity of the man to be Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.

    The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.

    Berry was born in The Ville neighborhood of north St. Louis in 1926, where he attended Sumner High School. His home, on Whittier Avenue, is on the National Register of Historic Places. That’s where he lived in the 1950’s when he recorded many of his biggest hits.
    Berry just released his first new studio album in more than 35 years. The album called “Chuck” was recorded in St. Louis-area studios.

    Jimmy Marsala, a bassist in Berry’s longtime band, suggests the new album took so long to come together because Berry wanted to make sure it lived up to everyone’s expectations. His last studio album was “Rock It” in 1979.

    There are many artists who can lay claim to having been part of the formation of Rock 'n' Roll - but Chuck Berry will remain forever indelibly imprinted upon us as a true prince of that genre.


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    Born into a middle-class African-American family in St. Louis, Missouri, Berry had an interest in music from an early age and gave his first public performance at Sumner High School. While still a high school student he was convicted of armed robbery and was sent to a reformatory, where he was held from 1944 to 1947.

    After his release, Berry settled into married life and worked at an automobile assembly plant. Berry claimed on The Tonight Show he was influenced primarily by 1940s swing artist Louis Jordan. "The main guy was Louis Jordan.

    His legacy in regard to recorded music is to put it mildly, mind boggling with over 55 albums, including compilations, and some of the classic rock tracks of all time, many covered by literally hundreds of groups through recordings, and possibly millions of artists in live perfor

    We will not see his like again.

    Vale Chuck Berry
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