Chuck Berry. The name means so much: rock and roll, some of the finest guitar playing known, inventive and playful songs.
To think that everyone from Buddy Holly to The Beatles covered his songs is mind-blowing. Without Chuck Berry the world would be a different place.
I was lucky enough to see Chuck Berry live on one of his later trips to London. Even in old age, he played the guitar like no one else, attacking the strings, duck-walking and bouncing off of the audience reaction.
I was thrilled to write a review of his last album, Chuck, for Songwriting Magazine. Read it here.