Chuck Berry, long considered to be one of the forefathers of the rock genre, has passed away, according to ABC. He was 90 years old.
In the 1950s and 1960s, there were few people on the planet as famous as Chuck Berry. Thanks to songs like “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Sweet Little Sixteen,” Berry was an international superstar. The impact of Berry’s music had an especially big impact on four young men in Liverpool, England, who would go on to form The Beatles, arguably the most influential group in music history.
Throughout his life, Berry continued to make music, despite a rash of personal problems. In the early 1990s, Berry settled out of court with almost 60 women who claimed that Berry had cameras installed in the toilets of a restaurant he owned.
In recent years, Berry was experiencing a bit of a cultural revival. His first album in nearly 40 years is due out later this year.
In 2003, Berry was asked by the New York Times if he considered himself to be a founder of rock music.
”I don’t think that way,” he said. ”My music is simple stuff. Anybody can sit down, look at a set of symbols and produce sounds the music represents.”