Chuck Berry’s death prompts reactions from musicians on social media

View Caption Hide Caption
In this Oct. 17, 1986 file photo, Chuck Berry performs during a concert celebration for his 60th birthday at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Mo. On Saturday, March 18, 2017, police in Missouri said Berry has died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/James A. Finley)

BY MELISSA RUGGIERI/AJC Music Scene

To celebrate his 90th birthday in October, Chuck Berry announced the release of “Chuck,” his first album in 38 years.

The album has yet to be released, but will now serve as a memorial to the pioneer of “Rock and Roll Music.”

Berry, a St. Louis native, died at his Missouri home Saturday.

The St. Charles County Police Department confirmed the death on its Facebook page, noting that the man legally known as Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr. was found unresponsive and could not be revived. He was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. local time.

During his performing career, Berry duck walked through Atlanta several times, playing at Georgia Tech in 1961, The Omni in 1973, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater in Peachtree City in 2001 and Chastain Park Amphitheatre in 2003, among other appearances.

Atlanta also received a shout-out in “Promised Land,” when Berry sang, “We was ninety miles out of Atlanta by sundown, rollin’ ‘cross the Georgia state.”

A full obituary can be found here:

Immediately following the news of Berry’s death, Twitter exploded with condolences from many in the music community.


View Comments 0