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Berry achieved a number of firsts:
The first guitarist singer to reach charts.
The first rock and roller to write words that were relevant and entertaining to his young white audience with out alienating his core black audience.
First songwriter/performer in 1955.
He achieved all of this with a driving rock and roll rhythm that was, if not brand new certainly unique enough to be instantly recognizable. For those reasons he more than any other artist, is responsible for the direction of popular music.
If you tried to give "Rock & Roll" another name you might call it Chuck Berry.
Mark June 16 as the release date for CHUCK, the final album from rock 'n' roll founding father Chuck Berry, who died Saturday (March 18) at the age of 90.
Berry's first new album since 1979 was produced by Berry himself and recorded in various studios around St. Louis, where he resided. The 10 tracks feature eight originals along with guest appearances by Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff on "Big Boys" -- which is streaming below -- Gary Clark Jr. and Berry's grandson Charles Berry III.