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Fans mourn 'amazing legend' Chuck Berry

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 01:25

Rock 'n' Roll fans nationwide pay tribute to the ''amazing legend'' Chuck Berry who died at the age of 90 at his Missouri home. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Chuck Berry, who duck-walked his way into the pantheon of rock 'n' roll pioneers as one of its most influential guitarists and lyricists, creating raucous anthems that defined the genre's sound and heartbeat, died on Saturday at his Missouri home. He was 90. Police in St. Charles County, outside St. Louis, said they were called to Berry's home by a caretaker and found him unresponsive. Efforts to revive him failed and he was pronounced dead at 1:26 p.m. local time. Considered one of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, Charles Edward Anderson Berry was present at its infancy in the 1950s and emerged as its first star guitarist and songwriter - a nearly 30-year-old black performer whose style electrified young white audiences and was emulated by white performers who came to dominate American popular music. Although Elvis Presley was called the king of rock 'n' roll, that crown would have fit just as well on Berry's own carefully sculpted pompadour. Berry hits such as "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," "Sweet Little Sixteen," "Maybellene" and "Memphis" melded elements of blues, rockabilly and jazz into some of the most timeless pop songs of the 20th century.

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Fans mourn 'amazing legend' Chuck Berry

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 01:25