The death on Saturday of legendary rocker Chuck Berry, aged 90, drew emotional tributes from fellow musicians and other celebrities who praised him as a rock ‘n’ roll trailblazer.
Here are some reactions from Twitter:
• Bruce Springsteen: “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived. This is a tremendous loss of a giant for the ages.”
• Brian Wilson: “I am so sad to hear about Chuck Berry passing—a big inspiration! He will be missed by everyone who loves Rock ‘n’ Roll. Love & Mercy.”
• Ringo Starr: “R I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock ‘n’ roll music.”
• Lenny Kravitz: “Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother!”
• Rod Stewart: “It started with Chuck Berry. He inspired us all. The 1st album I bought was Chuck’s ‘Live at the Tivoli’ and I was never the same.”
• The Rolling Stones: “The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll & a massive influence.
“Chuck Berry was not only a brilliant guitarist, singer and performer, but most importantly, he was a master craftsman as a songwriter.
“Chuck Berry’s songs will live forever.”
• Mick Jagger: “I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us.
“He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers.
“His lyrics shone above others & threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck you were amazing & your music is engraved inside us forever.”
• Ronnie Wood: “So sad—with the passing of Chuck Berry comes the end of an era. He was one of the best and my inspiration, a true character indeed.”
• Keith Richards: “One of my big lights has gone out.”
• Arnold Schwarzenegger: “When I was 10 years old and I dreamed every night of moving to America, Chuck Berry played the soundtrack. He rocked the world. RIP.”
• Stephen King: “Chuck Berry died. This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain’t bad for rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode forever.”