"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock "n" roll writer who ever lived", Bruce Springsteen tweeted after hearing of Berry's death. He was pronounced dead at 1:20 p.m. Saturday.
Celebrities posted on Twitter and Facebook, sharing their love and memories of the beloved rock and roll star.
"He is, quite simply, one of the 20th century's most influential musicians", the 42nd President saidof Berry at the Kennedy Center Honor's reception. Berry reshaped the 1950s with a unique sound that appealed to both sides of a racially divided country.
"I made records for people who would buy them", he said once.
He wrote he was playing Berry's 1961 song I'm Talking About You, which was recorded by The Beatles at the BBC in 1963.
Berry was among the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it opened in 1986.
"Rock "n" roll was born when savvy adults began writing closely observed lyrics about teen obsessions. celebrating adolescence as a unique way of understanding the world", Keith Harris wrote in City Pages. That youth-privileging outlook was essential in transforming rock n" roll from a musical fad into an irresistible attitude and lifestyle that infected teens and spread across America (also, it arguably paved the way for the massive generational divide of the "60s).
In 1984 he was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy. You can hear his influence in every rock & roll band from my generation on. "Hail Hail, Chuck Berry". "I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing - a big inspiration!".
Lure of the All Blacks hits Jones
He said: 'People are desperate for England and the All Blacks to play. We've already got Scotland, France and Wales on the end-of-year tour'.
The Twitter account run by Lennon's estate was among those paying tribute to the legendary musician Saturday.
Berry's brushes with the law came early and late.
Berry was arrested in December 1959 under the Mann Act for transporting an underage woman who briefly worked as a hatcheck girl at Club Bandstand across state lines for immoral purposes. The two were married for nearly 70 years.
Berry was actually set to release an album in 2017.
But aside from mourning, it's important to celebrate Berry's life and accomplishments as well.
But he would always return to the stage, even as he aged, playing shows into his mid-80s.
Berry's final original album, titled Chuck, is expected to be released by Dualtone Music Group later this year.