Written by Jessica Letkemann • Photography by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images • March 19, 2017
When news that rock pioneer and legend Chuck Berry had died at the age of 90 spread yesterday (March 18), musicians around the world were quick to pay tribute to the man whose hits (among them classics like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Maybelline”) and signature guitar style influenced everyone from the Rolling Stones and the Beatles to Bruce Springsteen, the Jacksons and pop culture in general (even Back To The Future wouldn’t be the same without him).
In fact, after word that the 90-year-old icon, born Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr. in 1926, had passed away after being found unresponsive by police in his Missouri home, Springsteen, the Stones and the Jacksons were among those who were quick to post messages of how much his music meant to them.
This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages.— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock'n'roll & a massive influence. pic.twitter.com/RT4NZH3KeQ— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock’n’roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck. pic.twitter.com/0TwpdDmw9e— The Jacksons (@Jacksons) March 18, 2017
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
He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. 2/3 #ChuckBerry— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever— Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) March 18, 2017
"One of my big lights has gone out.”— Keith Richards (@officialKeef) March 19, 2017
- Keith, 3/18/17 pic.twitter.com/I86dHlvN5W
Many other musicians (and even NASA) have also posted tributes to Berry in the hours since his passing.
Rest In Peace Chuck Berry pic.twitter.com/mBIVYnOaCu— Tom Petty (@tompetty) March 19, 2017
Chuck Berry IS rock and roll!— AC/DC (@acdc) March 19, 2017
It's sad day for rock and roll, but his music will live on forever.
Hail, hail rock and roll!!!!! pic.twitter.com/ANCkKaglQW
song of the day: YOU NEVER CAN TELL - CHUCK BERRY pic.twitter.com/floZiiRY4d— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) March 19, 2017
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
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
The great #ChuckBerry is gone. A true musical pioneer, and what a life he led. Goodbye and thank you for the rocking good times.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 19, 2017