Chuck Berry (formerly known as Charles Anderson Edward Berry) was an American Rock-Star who actively performed from the fifties all the way through to the seventies. He had many hit songs like Sweet Little Sixteen and Johnny B. Goode. These songs helped mold and shape the rock industry into what it is today.
Most people know of Chuck Berry’s music through the movie Back To The Future. During the ending of the film, the protagonist plays the tune Johnny B. Goode on a Gibson ES-345TD electric guitar in a desperate attempt to save his own existence. He eventually started to go a little overboard and started jamming out to his era of music, but that’s beside the point. That event definitely exposed more than a couple people to check out Chuck Berry’s other musical works.
Chuck Berry wasn’t exactly a positive role model in his past, however. When he was 17, he and a couple of friends got into some legal trouble. They were arrested for armed robbery. While his friends were in jail for 10 years, he was arrested for only 3 years, and let off for good behavior. He was also arrested in 1959 for violating the Mann Act.
Unfortunately, as of March 18th, 2017 it was announced that Chuck Berry had passed away of natural causes. Police found him not responsive and made many attempts to revive him. Unfortunately all attempts had failed. However, he was able to live to the age of 90. His long and successful life should be celebrated.