Chuck Berry, Rock and Roll Pioneer (1926-2017): Music Artists and Celebrities Pay Tribute on Twitter and Instagram

Chuck Berry, the legendary pioneer of rock and roll, died at age 90 on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Fellow music artists, celebrities and public figures are paying tribute on Twitter, Instagram and other social media to the icon known for many classic hits including “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. You can see a roundup of tributes below.

Chuck Berry’s death was confirmed via a post on the The St. Charles County police department’s official Facebook page. Police had responded to a medical emergency call at Berry’s home outside St. Louis, Missouri. Unresponsive, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times obituary:

While Elvis Presley was rock’s first pop star and teenage heartthrob, Mr. Berry was its master theorist and conceptual genius, the songwriter who understood what the kids wanted before they knew themselves. With songs like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” he gave his listeners more than they knew they were getting from jukebox entertainment.

His guitar lines wired the lean twang of country and the bite of the blues into phrases with both a streamlined trajectory and a long memory. And tucked into the lighthearted, telegraphic narratives that he sang with such clear enunciation was a sly defiance, upending convention to claim the pleasures of the moment.

Here’s a roundup of tributes from fellow music artists, celebrities and public figures.

Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother!

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So sorry to hear about Chuck Berry what a #talented #legend! We all had such a fun night! #guitarist #love #MJ??

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Watch tribute videos below.

Top Photo: Chuck Berry in 1957

Chuck Berry, Rock and Roll Legend (1926-2017): Music Artists and Celebrities Pay Tribute on Twitter and Instagram