Chuck Berry

Keith Richards wasn’t able to attend the funeral services held earlier this week for Chuck Berry, but in a heartfelt tribute, the Rolling Stones guitarist recently expressed his deepest sentiments. Sharing his thoughts in an open letter posted on his Facebook page, Richards writes, in part:

"You have to hear the original recordings to get the whole picture. Let us make no mistake about him. His inventiveness, natural exuberance, brought all of the variations of this vital music together, be it Rockabilly, country, R & B, Jazz or pop. His own roots went wide and deep, even back via Louis Jordan to the big bands. But we’re talking about a complicated and thoughtful man here.”

Richards goes on to describe Berry as “was a very guarded and private man, essentially warm hearted, though he spent a lot of time disguising that fact which could give the opposite impression. Hard to know, moody, but when you got him at the right time, beautifully friendly.”

He concludes: "[Berry] brought joy to us; the feeling for a fifteen year old guitar player that there was more to life than seemed possible. With the exuberance, he brought a casual ease and a rhythm that makes bits of your body move you didn’t know you had. In essence, he was a revelation. I ain’t 15 no more but the joy remains."