On Saturday, the music world lost a legend in the passing of Chuck Berry. Chuck was an architect of rock & roll and thus, nearly everything we hear on the radio today is his legacy. Little Richard said "Rhythm and Blues had a baby and somebody called it rock and roll." The late John Lennon said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’”
His influence was THAT important.
And so, while playing at Runaway Country in Kissimmee over the weekend, Brad Paisley performed a fantastic tribute to Chuck Berry with a rendition of his most famous song, "Johnny B. Goode," just a few hours after learning of his passing. Nice work, Brad.
Without Chuck Berry, there would be no Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, Eddie Van Halen, Bruno Mars, or any kid in a garage or basement with a guitar with dreams of being a rock star. Chuck Berry was the ORIGINAL rock star. He is the genesis of the guitar god. All others who came after followed the trail he created. Rock & Roll Heaven finally called him home.