Chuck Barry The Rock N’Roll Legend Dies At Age 90. He was a singer, songwriter, and guitar great who practically defined rock music with his impeccably twangy hits “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven, ” “Memphis, ” “Mr Ding-a-Ling” and “Sweet Little Sixteen.”
He performed in 1979 for president Jimmy Carter at the White House, landed at No. 6 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time” and trademarked his stage showmanship with his famous “duck walk.”
John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry’. ” He paved the way for such music legends as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles., the Beach Boys, the Band, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Sex Pistols.