Chuck Berry was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s first inductee back in 1986.
He’s still around, and he continues to perform weekly in his hometown of St. Louis. So, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame put on a tribute concert yesterday.
I think it says everything about Berry and his commitment to the music and spirit of Rock and Roll that when asked about possible retirement he had six songs — six! — he was looking for a way to distribute.
Still, not all is bravado with Berry. When asked about his health, he replied in verse:
Give you a song, I can’t do that.
My singing days have passed.
My voice is gone, my throat is worn,
and my lungs are going fast.”
Ever the lyricist, still.
I’ve long believed that despite all the accolades that have come his way in recent decades, and despite the great reverence in which he is held, Chuck Berry’s cultural importance is still significantly underappreciated.
God bless, Chuck Berry.