The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and other rock royalties were all shocked by the recent news that their idol, Chuck Berry, is dead. The legendary rock icon has passed away, Saturday at around 12:40 a.m. Berry was 90 at the time of his death.
First Responders Found Berry Unresponsive
First responders immediately administered lifesaving measures to Chuck Berry but found him unresponsive. He was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. The death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry, Sr. was confirmed by the St. Charles County Police Department. Idolized by rock idols themselves, the legendary rock star was remembered by big names in the music industry.
Ringo Starr Says R.I.P To Berry
The Beatles recorded at least 15 songs written and popularized by Chuck Berry. Among these songs are "Roll Over Beethoven," "Johnny B. Goode," "Rock and Roll Music," and "Sweet Little Sixteen." Ringo Starr, one of the two surviving Beatles, said "R.I.P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock 'n' roll music."
Mick Jagger Says Chuck Berry Inspired Them
Likewise, The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger lamented the recent passing of their idol, Chuck Berry. The flamboyant Jagger thanks his idol for the inspiring music that he gave them in their teenage years. He said Berry's lyrics shone above others and engraved his music in them forever.
Keith Richards, the lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, was able to play alongside Chuck Berry a couple of times in the past. He even jovially recounted one occasion when he was punched by the legendary rock icon. Richards said that one of his big lights has gone out.
Brian Wilson Says He Got Scared
The rock music compatriots of Chuck Berry in the United States were also shocked by the news of his death. Brian Wilson of the famous The Beach Boys said Berry inspired him as a lyricist. He added that he was shocked by the news and it kind of scared him.
Chuck Berry was not as popular as Elvis Presley. However, if Presley was rock music's teenage idol, Berry was its conceptual genius and theorist. He understood what the teenagers of his time craved for even before they realize it.