Chuck Berry, the legendary guitarist, singer, songwriter, and rock and roll pioneer, died Saturday in Missouri at age 90.
Many in the music industry who have been influenced by his work and sound — plus those from movies and TV — were quick to pay tribute to Berry via social media. The Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Kennedy Center honoree, who TIME magazine named one of the 10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players in 2009, was hailed by many for his lasting legacy. “Chuck Berry was rock’s greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock ‘n’ roll writer who ever lived,” tweeted Bruce Springsteen via his official account.
In a statement released to EW, Joan Jett said, “Hail hail rock n roll. I’m glad I had a chance to know, love, and work with Chuck Berry during my life and career. Original Pure Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
“Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency,” wrote Keith Urban, while former American Idol judge and bassist Randy Jackson, who has played with everyone from Journey to Mariah Carey, extended his thanks to the “greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time.”
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Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived.
— Bruce Springsteen (@springsteen) March 18, 2017
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. pic.twitter.com/RT4NZH3KeQ
— The Rolling Stones (@RollingStones) March 18, 2017
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
— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) March 18, 2017
Hail Hail Chuck Berry!!! None of us would have been here without you. Rock on brother! https://t.co/tOMuQzUgPX
— Lenny Kravitz (@LennyKravitz) March 18, 2017
Hail, Hail, the King of Rock and Roll, Chuck Berry. RIP, Mr. B. Goode. https://t.co/k7fKmgSmSt
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) March 18, 2017
The King is dead. RIP Chuck Berry.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) March 18, 2017
RIP Chuck Berry !!!! Thank you for the poetry, the passion and the potency! GO JOHNNY GO. – KU
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry. Maybe the most important figure in all of rock and roll. His music and his influence will last forever. – Huey
— Huey Lewis (@Huey_Lewis_News) March 18, 2017
Music was changed forever by Chuck Berry’s groundbreaking impact. What a great life in music. pic.twitter.com/lKEpb6xaK7
— LA Reid (@LA_Reid) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry merged blues & swing into the phenomenon of early rock’n’roll. In music, he cast one of the longest shadows. Thank You Chuck. pic.twitter.com/0TwpdDmw9e
— The Jacksons (@Jacksons) March 18, 2017
Dang another one not funkin' with us. Our Rock & Roll legend Mr. Chuck Berry has changed frequencies today. Join… https://t.co/aSIayg1lSJ
— Bootsy Collins (@Bootsy_Collins) March 18, 2017
Heart broken to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was undisputedly the king. A moment of… https://t.co/sR8A2YMnq0
— Slash (@Slash) March 18, 2017
"If you had to give Rock 'n' Roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry"
John Lennon (with Chuck Berry)
Mike Douglas TV Show, 1972 pic.twitter.com/ViJtLblEwt
— John Lennon (@johnlennon) March 18, 2017
A legend is gone. Half the rock-n-roll artist today wouldn't be playing had Chuck not been there at the beginning. https://t.co/Z0VQBYFTsN
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 18, 2017
— Smithsonian (@smithsonian) March 18, 2017
To the greatest rock and roll pioneer of all time RIP chuck berry. we all thank u
— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) March 18, 2017
Chuck Berry died. This breaks my heart, but 90 years old ain't bad for rock and roll. Johnny B. Goode forever.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 18, 2017
Hail hail Chuck Berry !
— Jeff Ross (@realjeffreyross) March 18, 2017
— American Authors (@aauthorsmusic) March 18, 2017
RIP to a hero in music and a hero in life. chuck berry is one of the most important guitar players in rock n roll history. thank you.
— SWMRS (@swmrs) March 18, 2017
R I P. And peace and love Chuck Berry Mr. rock 'n' roll music 😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶☮ pic.twitter.com/hS2S2lUORf
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) March 18, 2017
R I P Chuck Berry …
— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) March 18, 2017
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) March 18, 2017
R.I.P. To the father of ROCK N ROLL the genius CHUCK BERRY ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾Johnny be good
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) March 18, 2017