His first hit, "Maybellene", spent nine weeks in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard R&B chart and also rose to No. 5 on the pop charts.
This idea of capturing America's teenage years in music was something the Beach Boys would go on to cultivate, making the fact that Surfing USA is set to the music of Sweet Little Sixteen just a little significant.
Berry is known in part for classic songs, such as "Johnny B. Goode", but mostly for inspiring some of the biggest names in music. His musical style helped give birth to the age of the American teenager, all hormones and energy and optimism.
"He was a true pioneer of rock "n" roll and a massive influence on us".
Mick Jagger, lead singer of the Rolling Stones wrote: "I am so sad to hear of Chuck Berry's passing".
Berry accrued a pretty long criminal record in his time, but a much longer lasting impact on the memories of those who grew up with him on the turn table. Legend has it that he developed his duck walk as a means of hiding the wrinkles in the one good suit he had brought on tour. "Johnny B. Goode forever".
The Boss' summary is one that nearly anyone who has ever had the pleasure of seeing Berry duckwalk across a stage or flashily deliver one of his classic guitar riffs would share. The two were married for nearly 70 years.
In 1955, at the suggestion of bluesman Muddy Waters, Berry visited Chess Records in Chicago, the pioneering blues and R&B label. He was 90 years old. Three days after he performed at the White House for President Jimmy Carter in 1979, he was sentenced to federal jail time for tax evasion. But his music attracted fans of all ethnicities. "I was holding one of Chuck's records when a guy I knew at primary school. came up to me".
"I mainly improvised my lyrics toward the young adult and some even for the teeny boppers, as they called the tots then", he wrote in his memoir.
Berry played at Blueberry Hill hundreds of times.
He said: "Hillary and I loved Chuck Berry for as long as we can remember".
On Saturday, the music world reeled upon the loss of Chuck Berry, the ingenious writer and guitar hero whose work laid the foundation of rock "n" roll.
Sir Rod Stewart said: "It started with Chuck Berry".
Later, I played on many rock shows and festivals with him.