Legendary musician Chuck Berry died today in St. Charles, Missouri, he was 90. Police were called to Berry’s house for a medical emergency, life saving measures were used, but they were unable to revive Berry. He was pronounced dead on the scene, no further information has been released. Berry in many quarters is considered the ‘Godfather of Rock And Roll’. Berry was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to a deacon father and high school principle mother. He had a very middle class background, and he claimed he was able to devote all of his time and attention to music which he loved at an early age.
In 1955 Berry went to Chicago to pursue his dream of breaking into the music industry, by happenstance, he had a meeting with Muddy Waters which launched his career. His first big hit was ‘Maybellene’ it went to number 1 on the Billboard Charts and sold over a million copies. By the end of the 1950’s Chuck Berry was a music star who would rise to the highest levels of the music industry. Bands such as the ‘Beatles’ and ‘The Rolling Stones’ credit Berry with their own success.
Berry was married 68 years to his high sweetheart Thematta ‘Toddy’ Suggs’, the couple had 4 children. Berry spent a year in prison in 1963 for transporting a 14 year girl across state lines, he said he wanted to change his life shortly after the arrest. Berry was inducted into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame’ in 1986. Berry was slated to release his first album in 38 years later this year, he was going to release the album ‘Chuck’ some time in 2017. The album was said to be released some time in the spring, is is dedicated to his wife Thematta Toddy Suggus.