The music world lost another legend last night with the news that Chuck Berry had passed at the age of 90.
The “Johnny B. Goode” singer was found unresponsive by the St. Charles County Police and pronounced dead minutes later.
Music and Hollywood royalty immediately flocked to social media to pay their respects to a man who did so much for ‘n’ roll.
Mick Jagger’s message went beyond 140 characters, the Rolling Stones frontman Tweeted: “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,” wrote Jagger. “He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing & your music is engraved inside us forever.”
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. 1/3 pic.twitter.com/9zQbH5bo9V
— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
The estate of John Lennon Tweeted:
“If you had to give Rock ‘n’ Roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry”
John Lennon (with Chuck Berry)
Mike Douglas TV Show, 1972 pic.twitter.com/ViJtLblEwt
— John Lennon (@johnlennon) March 18, 2017
As did his former Beatles bandmate, Ringo Starr:
R I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock ‘n’ roll music 😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶☮ pic.twitter.com/hS2S2lUORf
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 18, 2017
Bruce Springsteen, too:
Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
The Beach Boys legendary frontman, Brian Wilson, also paid his respects:
I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing – a big inspiration! He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock ‘n Roll. Love & Mercy
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) March 18, 2017
As did Mick’s fellow Rolling Stone, Keith Richards:
“One of my big lights has gone out.”
– Keith, 3/18/17 pic.twitter.com/I86dHlvN5W
— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) March 19, 2017
Huey Lewis – a man who drew so much inspiration for Chuck’s style of guitar play:
Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever. – Huey
— Huey Lewis (@Huey_Lewis_News) March 18, 2017
And finally, Slash:
Heart broken to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was undisputedly the king. A moment of… https://t.co/sR8A2YMnq0
— Slash (@Slash) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry’s significance is evident given the music royalty that’s lined up to show him love. He was a genre-defining pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll, and he will be sadly missed by all.