The world lost one of its most influential music artists with the passing of Chuck Berry. The legendary guitarist, singer and songwriter died on March 18 at the age of 9o. Berry was one of the leading pioneers of rock and roll. His talents have influenced countless artists, including some of country music’s biggest names. Brad Paisley honored the hitmaker by performing a cover of his trademark song “Johnny B. Goode” during his concert on Saturday night.
Thanks Chuck. Vid Credit to somebody at the bar tonight… pic.twitter.com/EMF7BuqKqL
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) March 19, 2017
In 1955, Berry had his first hit with “Maybellene,” a song adapted from Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys Western swing tune “Ida Red.” A few months later, Marty Robbins hit the top of the country charts with his version of the song. Over the years, many of his hits were recorded by other country legends like Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and George Jones.
During his long career, Berry also formed friendships with many in the country music community. Known to be a huge fan of Jimmie Rodgers and Bill Monroe, Berry’s impressive artistry and skillful guitar playing landed him in the history books.
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Although he may be gone, Berry’s legacy and incredible catalog of music will certainly live on. In the hours following his passing, many country stars took to social media to share their condolences.
RIP Chuck Berry !!!! Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency! GO JOHNNY GO. – KU
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) March 18, 2017
The greatest rock and roll lyricist ever has passed away at 90
Chuck Berry rest in peace.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry. The King. RIP. pic.twitter.com/SIeAWssIZ2
— Wheeler Walker, Jr. (@WheelerWalkerJr) March 18, 2017
"Chuck Berry songs, fool."
— Jason Isbell (@JasonIsbell) March 18, 2017
Song of the day…"Roll Over Beethoven" by Chuck Berry. RIP. Legend isn't a big enough word for you sir!! pic.twitter.com/xHN1IHw0zo
— Darius Rucker (@dariusrucker) March 19, 2017