In just about every tribute to Chuck Berry, you will be told that he was one of the founders of rock and roll. True enough.
There is one more thing about Chuck Berry.He was a different sort of person than you find on stage these days. What is the right word? Earthy? The man played music the way he lived. For example,
Berry recalled a squabble with another rock legend, Jerry Lee Lewis. “We got in a fight – that’s when we become friends,” Berry said. “He whupped my butt.” Asked how the fight started, Lewis answered: “He said he was king of rock and roll, I said I was.”
In this sense, Berry was more of a blues man than a rockstar. Whatever. The man created his own style that rock stars copied, and copied again.
So long Chuck and thanks!