10 April 2017
Family and friends gather at the Pageant Theater in St. Louis to bid farewell to Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry. Nathan Frandino reports. A goodbye fit for a rock and roll legend. Family, friends and fans saying farewell to the late Chuck Berry.
They filled the seats of the Pageant Theater in St. Louis to hear songs and salutes of prayer and praise... including a tribute from former President Bill Clinton, relayed by Congressman Lacy Clay.
REP. LACY CLAY READING A LETTER FROM FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON: "'Chuck captivated audience around the world with his unrivaled energy, rhythm, sound, and yes, his signature duck walk. But also in the unique way his music captured the essence of America.'"
Berry was a rock and roll pioneer, lauded as one of the most influential guitarists and lyricists. His hits included "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven," and "Maybellene," among others. The day brought tears to many in the room, including Gene Simmons of Kiss.
GENE SIMMONS OF KISS: "He was breaking down barriers that nobody suspected. Chuck...he changed more little white boys and white girls lives than all the politicians with their big talk and stuff, just by making them move like this. Just by grabbing a hold of them on the outside, and on the inside, and you know, just changing their lives."
Berry died in March at 90 years old.