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  • Chuck Berry, one of the all-time rock 'n' roll greats, dead at 90

    Chuck Berry, rock 'n' roll's founding guitar hero and storyteller who defined the music's joy and rebellion in such classics as "Johnny B. Goode," ''Sweet Little Sixteen" and "Roll Over Beethoven," died Saturday at his home in an unincorporated area west of St. Louis. He was 90.

    Emergency responders summoned to Berry's residence by his caretaker about 12:40 p.m. found him unresponsive, police in Missouri's St. Charles County said in a statement. Attempts to revive Berry failed, and he was pronounced shortly before 1:30 p.m., police said.

    A police spokeswoman, Val Joyner, told The Associated Press she had no additional details about the death of Berry, calling him "really a legend."

    Berry's core repertoire was some three dozen songs, his influence incalculable, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to virtually any group from garage band to arena act that called itself rock 'n roll. While Elvis Presley gave rock its libidinous, hip-shaking image, Berry was the auteur, setting the template for a new sound and way of life. Well before the rise of Bob Dylan, Berry wedded social commentary to the beat and rush of popular music.

    "He was singing good lyrics, and intelligent lyrics, in the '50s when people were singing, "Oh, baby, I love you so,'" John Lennon once observed... more

  • #2
    Twice in under an hour? Did they revive him? Was Hoover involved?

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    • #3
      When a post an hour ago just won't do it...

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      • #4
        Big time pervert.

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        • #5
          Poor guy couldn't afford to be incorporated?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by megman View Post
            Twice in under an hour? Did they revive him? Was Hoover involved?
            Originally posted by JustInTime View Post
            When a post an hour ago just won't do it...
            It's a 'celebration of life', I think they call it.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gnostic View Post
              Big time pervert.
              Mainspring wound too tight.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ack View Post
                Poor guy couldn't afford to be incorporated?
                Wasn't too fond of money-grubbin' jewish record producers, I hear... The man was definitely smarter than he looked.

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                • #9
                  Why don't the news reports mention the fact that he was a robber, pedophile and voyeur?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by gnostic View Post
                    Why don't the news reports mention the fact that he was a robber, pedophile and voyeur?
                    Would hurt the postmortem record sales, the producer's cut, etc.

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