The world, I feel, is still reeling from the news that Chuck Berry passed away. Just today, while going through my Twitter feeds, I found this one. This was a letter written by the late, great Carl Sagan (remember Cosmos?) to Chuck Berry on his 60th birthday. He had me at this:
When they tell you your music will live forever, you can usually be sure they’re exaggerating. But Johnny B. Goode is on the Voyager interstellar records attached to NASA’s Voyager spacecraft — now two billion miles from Earth and bound for the stars. These records will last a billion years or more.
I will just leave this here and let it sink in
I got quite a shock this morning when I woke up to this news about Chuck Berry’s passing at the age of 90. I still remember him doing his “duck-walk” to the strains of his famous number Johnny B. Goode. In any case, according to news reports, he was found unresponsive at lunchtime on Saturday, St Charles County police said. And can you believe it? He had a seven-decade career which boasted a string of hits. He received a lifetime achievement Grammy in 1984 and was among the first inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
Rest in peace Chuck. You had a good run. Its party time with the others in heaven who went before you.