Hail! Hail! Chuck Berry: Remembering a Rock ’n’ Roll Legend

Rock ’n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry performs at Madison Square Garden in 1971. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

While there are very few instances where one person might be credited for spawning an entire genre of music, Chuck Berry and rock ’n’ roll are about as close as these things ever get.

In that great big, unimaginable Rock ’N’ Roll Family Tree that would be impossible for famed U.K. rock chronicler Pete Frame to draw without an infinite supply of pen, paper, and hands, you can just imagine Berry — who died Saturday at age 90 — at the very top, with downward tributaries leading to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys, among many others. And yes, those three bands would have their own enormous share of musical descendants beneath them, but always, inescapably, Chuck would be perched at the apex.

Via Dave DiMartino, Yahoo Music






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