Chuck Berry Tribute Special
Rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry died on March 18, 2017, at age 90. When the news broke, Bruce Springsteen tweeted, "Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist, and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived."
John Lennon was once quoted as saying, "If you had to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry."
Berry's importance to music, for rock's leading practioners over the years as well as for fans everywhere, is trememndous. It's simply impossible to fathom rock music today without the influence of Chuck Berry.
As part of WYEP's tribute, we took a listen to Berry's powerful legacy as a songwriter, measured by the number of important artists who recorded their own versions of his songs.From The Rolling Stones's debut single to The Beatles (plus John & George solo) to Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, some of the biggest names covered Chuck Berry. We also hear from Simon & Garfunkel, Emmylou Harris, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dave Edmunds and Nick Lowe's band together Rockpile, Lyle Lovett, John Hammond, and Chris Smither.