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xx RIP. Chuck Berry
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Another legend dies aged 90...sad

RIP Chuck Berry!.... cry
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 19th, 2017, 05:17am »

Dang, he was still on tour last year. I saw him live in 1997, he was one of the greatest live performers ever.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 19th, 2017, 05:51am »

Sad indeed but not unexpected. He was old and still working hard into his last days.

R.I.P. Chuck. cry
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 19th, 2017, 08:04am »

I have to say that the news of Chuck Berry's passing has left me with a host of mixed emotions.

On one hand, I cannot deny the impact, influence, talent, and respect that the man has had and earned in regard to the last 60 odd years of popular music.

On the other hand, it is difficult for me to ignore certain issues the man has had in his past, particularly with his personal associations and professional conduct.

I had both the privilege and disappointment to see Chuck Berry perform live about five years ago. It was quite clear that not only was he well past his prime, but also that his presence was nothing more than an act of calculated exploitation. [Translation: He sucked and could barely play and remember the songs, but heck, put him on stage and the crowd will go wild.] Ultimately, I'd have to say that he should have stopped performing at least ten years ago.

Still, I honour Chuck Berry as a pioneer. His music will stand the test of time, and hopefully continue to inspire many in the years to come.
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 19th, 2017, 4:53pm »

R.I.P. Chuck, a real legend, & many thanks for giving us 2 wellnigh perfect songs:

No Particular Place to Go Ė now thatís how to do a double entendre .....
Memphis Tennessee Ė in 2 minutes, itís more poignant than all the long, slow, maudlin songs ever written put together.

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« Reply #5 on: Mar 20th, 2017, 12:32pm »

I agree with HENRY that Chuck Berry sounds like he was not a pleasant person to work with and he did some did some particularly crappy things.

I also think that his songs and guitar playing form the foundation of rock & roll. His ability to spin a narrative was a cut above most other writers in the 50s. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and many other legends have tipped their hats to him repeatedly.

I'm going to go put on my Chess box set and remember the music.
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