Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90

Posted: 6:26 PM, Mar 18, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-18 22:24:35-04

Singer Chuck Berry performs at the 'Les Legendes Du Rock and Roll' concert at the Zenith on November 14, 2008 in Paris, France. (Francois Durand/Getty Images)

ST. CHARLES, MO — Musician Chuck Berry, often called "the Father of Rock 'n' Roll" died Saturday at the age of 90.

Police were called to the musician's home on Buckner Road, located outside of St. Louis, about 1:40 p.m., St. Charles County Police Department posted on its Facebook page.

When they arrived, they found a man unresponsive inside. They performed "lifesaving techniques," but pronounced the man dead at 2:26 p.m.

"The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry," the department wrote on Facebook.

Berry was born in 1926 in The Ville neighborhood of St. Louis. He is known as one of the pioneers of rock 'n' roll music.

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.

He wrote and recorded the rock standards "Johnny B. Goode" and "Sweet Little Sixteen."

Berry was set to release his first studio album in more than 35 years. The album, called "Chuck," was one of the most anticipated albums of 2017 by Rolling Stone.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.