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The world pays tribute to legendary musician Chuck Berry

Los Angeles News.Net - Monday 20th March, 2017

MISSOURI, U.S. - The world remembered the legendary musician, known to be the pioneer of the rock genre, Chuck Berry on Sunday. 

Social media was filled with tributes, condolences and heartfelt messages remembering Berry and his most memorable moments. 

John Lennon said, "If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry.'"

Mick Jagger tweeted, "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. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing&your music is engraved inside us forever."

Guitarist Slash called Berry the king of rock and roll in an Instagram post. He wrote, “Heart broken to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was undisputedly the king. A moment of silence is idefinitely n order. RIP."

Lenny Kravitz called Berry as the figure who made rock and roll possible. He wrote in an Instagram post, “Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother!"

Singer John Mayer said on his Facebook wall, “Legend. Architect. He built the tools that built the house. Rock on forever. #RIP Chuck Berry.”

The Jacksons also posted a joint statement on Twitter writing, “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.”

Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy said in a statement, “Chuck Berry was arguably the founding father of rock and roll. Not just because he was one of its greatest songwriters and established some of the electric guitar’s earliest and most memorable riffs, but also because he was one of music’s most palpably exciting entertainers and biggest personalities. His influence on the giants that followed him, such as the Beatles, Beach Boys and many others, is well documented. Chuck received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy in 1984, our formal acknowledgment of his immeasurable contributions to American culture. He will be greatly missed, but the gift of his music will live on forever.”

Guitarist Keith Richards said, “Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

George Takei wrote, “A legend is gone. Half the rock-n-roll artist today wouldn’t be playing had Chuck not been there at the beginning.”

Questlove wrote on Instagram, “Thou Shall Have No Other Rock Gods Before Him.”

Bruce Springsteen tweeted, “Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived. This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages.”

Ringo Starr, former Beatles member said, “Just let me hear some of that rock 'n' roll music any old way you use it I am playing I'm talking about you. God bless Chuck Berry Chuck," he tweeted, adding an smiling face emoji with sunglasses.

Sharing a photo of the singer on Instagram, John Mayer said, "Legend. Architect. He built the tools that built the house. Rock on forever. #RIP Chuck Berry.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger tweeted, "When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack. He rocked the world. RIP.

Rolling Stones' Twitter account put up a tweet that said, "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."

Music producer, musician and former ‘American Idol’ judge Randy Jackson tweeted, “To the greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time RIP chuck berry. we all thank u."

Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys said in a tweet, "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." 

Huey Lewis tweeted, "Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever. – Huey."

Rod Stewart wrote, "It started with Chuck Berry. He inspired us all. The 1st album I bought was Chuck's 'Live at the Tivoli' and I was never the same."

Melissa Etheridge used lyrics from one of Berry's hits and tweeted, “So sad to say goodbye to #ChuckBerry. 'Roll over Beethoven tell Tchaikovsky the news...' #RockAndRoll.”

President Bill Clinton tweeted, “Chuck Berry's life was a treasure and a triumph, and he'll never be forgotten." 

Michael Jackson's sister, La Toya posted a photograph of her brother and the famed guitarist and wrote, "So sorry to hear about Chuck Berry what a #talented #legend! We all had such a fun night! #guitarist #love #MJ"

Guitarist Joe Bonamassa wrote, "Wow... Chuck Berry ... Rest In Peace. Just wow..."

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