Without Chuck Berry, we wouldn't have a lot of the music we do. The Beatles, the Beach Boys ("Surfin' USA) and certainly the Stones, to name three, were all influenced by Chuck Berry. Got to see him one time in Saratoga, California. He rocked the house down with a pick-up band.
The Recording Academy Statement Re: Chuck Berry March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry was arguably the founding father of rock and roll. Not just because he was one of its greatest songwriters and established some of the electric guitar's earliest and most memorable riffs, but also because he was one of music's most palpably exciting entertainers and biggest personalities. His influence on the giants that followed him, such as the Beatles, Beach Boys and many others, is well documented. Chuck received a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Recording Academy in 1984, our formal acknowledgment of his immeasurable contributions to American culture. He will be greatly missed, but the gift of his music will live on forever.
Neil PortnowRIP, Chuck.
President/CEOThe Recording Academy