Remembering Chuck Berry: Twitter Becomes A Stage, Shining Bright For Rock ‘N’ Roll Icon

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — On Saturday, Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called “the Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” was found dead at a residence outside St. Louis.

FULL STORY: Chuck Berry, Rock ‘N’ Roll Pioneer, Dead At 90 

Mourning the death of a music icon, Twitter became a stage, shining bright for Chuck Berry. Musicians, bands and celebrities honored his life and career on Twitter.

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  1. As a teenager he began playing concerts in his local high school but his education was curtailed after he was convicted of armed robbery and spent three years in a reformatory for young offenders. In 1962 he was charged with transporting a minor across state lines for imm oral purposes. The girl in question was a 14-year-old pros titute from Texas who he claimed he had brought to Missouri to check hats at his St Louis nightclub. In court the judge’s summing-up was blatantly rac ist and the trial was eventually declared null and void. His conviction at a second trial and the resulting two-year sentence left him embittered.

    1. His biggest hit came later in Britain with the atypical 1972 novelty record, My Ding-a-Ling, replete with double entendres. Iin 1979, he served a 100-day jail term for tax evasion. There were further brushes with the law. In 1988 he settled a lawsuit from a woman he allegedly punched in the face. Two years later he was sued by a group of women after it was discovered that a hidden camera had been placed in the toilets of his restaurant in Missouri. He also received a suspended jail sentence for marijuana possession.

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