Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones Pay Tribute to Chuck Berry

March 19, 2017

The Rolling Stones were among the musical artists paying tribute to the late Chuck Berry, who died on Saturday, March 18.

Keith Richards shared his thoughts about Berry in a series of tweets. In the first, he wrote, “One of my big lights has gone out.”
He followed it up with others that, like the first, included photos of him with Berry.

Richards, a longtime friend of Berry’s, inducted the guitarist into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. In his speech, Richards said, “It’s very difficult for me to talk about Chuck Berry because I lifted every lick he ever played.”

Mick Jagger also shared a tribute to Berry on his own Facebook page, writing, “I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry’s passing. I want to thank him for all the inspirational music he gave to us. He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. His lyrics shone above others and threw a strange light on the American dream. Chuck, you were amazing, and your music is engraved inside us forever.”

The Stones and Berry crossed paths on several occasions. Berry performed some dates on the group’s American Tour of 1969, and Richards performed with him on his own several times. The Stones covered several Berry cuts, including “Carol”—a staple of their live act for many years—and “Little Queenie,” excellent versions of which can be heard on their live document of the 1969 tour, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out.

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood also shared a tweet dedicated to Berry.

Below, we’ve compiled videos of Richards and Berry performing, including a great video of the two jamming with Eric Clapton. There’s also a clip of the Stones performing "Carol” from the 1969 tour.”

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