Saturday, March 18, 2017
Today we lost the legendary Chuck Berry. Probably the greatest writer of rock and roll songs and one of the greatest American songwriters in any genre. I put him in the same league as Hank Williams, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, etc.
What makes this especially sad is the fact that he had recently announced plans to release his first new recordings in over 30 years. Hopefully the recordings were completed and can be released posthumously.
Chuck Berry will always be remembered for the "duck walk" and the signature riff, but he never does get enough credit as one of the all-time great songwriters.
That's why EVERYONE covers Chuck Berry:
“If you had to give rock’n’roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry” -John Lennon
“Why should I write songs when Chuck Berry wrote them all?” -George Thorogood