Rock Stars’ Tributes to Chuck Berry Upon His Passing in 2017

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The outpouring of admiration for Chuck Berry, who died on March 18, 2017, at his Missouri home was enormous. From Beatles to Rolling Stones and other stars, tributes began appearing immediately. We assembled many of them from classic rock A-Listers who paid tribute to their musical father. Here are some of the best of the best from fellow songwriters, guitarists and other artists who were inspired by his greatness.

From the various social media accounts of The Beatles

From members of The Rolling Stones

From Brian Wilson

From Paul Simon (on Facebook): I would say no songwriter influenced my generation to a greater degree than Chuck Berry.

“Deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans /
Way back up in the woods among the evergreens /
There stood a log cabin made of earth and wood /
Where lived a country boy named Johnny B. Goode”

For me, it was like a magical place to hear about this description of rural America. It’s like Zora Neale Hurston territory — an amazing bit of writing for the ’50s and something that left a powerful impression with me, who was just beginning to play guitar.

From Bruce Springsteen

From Rod Stewart

From John Fogerty (via Facebook): Great songwriter, great guitar player, great singer. One of a kind. Thank you Mr. Chuck Berry for teaching me how it’s done. Hail, hail Rock and Roll! RIP my friend.

From his hometown St. Louis Cardinals

And if you have to ask why actor Michael J. Fox has also commented, you’re obviously not a moviegoer

Related: 17 classic Chuck Berry covers

On the seventh anniversary of his passing, The Midnight Special shared a remastered performance of a medley from 1973.

The legend’s recordings are available in the U.S. here and in the U.K. here.

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