Rock’n’roll legend Chuck Berry died on Saturday at the age of 90.
In the hours following his death, musicians, celebrities, and loving fans shared tributes to and memories of the man who pioneered a genre.
With hits like “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven,” Berry defined the sound and style of rock’n’roll in its earliest stage in the 1950s.
Twitter users dredged up particularly memorable moments in his long career—like when Berry played with the Beatles on the Mike Douglas Show in 1972—remembered his signature dance moves, and remarked on his singular impact on modern music.
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
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
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
The King is dead. RIP Chuck Berry.
— marc maron (@marcmaron) March 18, 2017
Wow… Chuck Berry … Rest In Peace. Just wow…
— JOE BONAMASSA (@JBONAMASSA) March 18, 2017
Like any illegitimate kid, rock & roll had many plausible fathers. But Chuck Berry was always the most likely & DNA tests confirmed.
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) March 18, 2017