Legendary Musician Chuck Berry Dies
Legendary musician Chuck Berry has died at age 90. The St. Charles County Police Department confirmed his death on Saturday afternoon after a call for a medical emergency in which Berry did not respond. A statement said, “Inside the home, first responders observed an unresponsive man and immediately administered lifesaving techniques.”
“The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Chuck Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry. The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement.”
The star was an important part of the development of rock ‘n’ roll starting in the ’50’s. Hit after hit played on the radio including such songs as “Rock and Roll Music,” Johnny B. Goode,” Roll Over Beethoven,” and many others. Berry started life as a “bad boy.” He spent some time in reform school after being charged with robbery at age 18. Later he went to prison for income tax evasion and a charge of transporting a minor across state lines for “immoral purposes.”
His career started with him being a beautician. His lifelong interest in music led him to the nightlife scene. He began emulating the vocals of his idol, Nat King Cole.
Last October, at the ripe-old-age of 90, Berry said he was making a new record following 38 years on hiatus. He said, “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy.” This was in reference to Themetta, his wife of 68 years. He said, “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”
Berry did just that today. He hung up his shoes for the last time.