Sacramento musicians remember rock 'n' roll icon Chuck Berry

With songs like "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven," Chuck Berry, who died Saturday, was rock's first star and influenced some of the biggest names since the '50s.

With songs like "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven," Chuck Berry was rock's first star and influenced some of the biggest names since the '50s.

John Lennon once said, "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry."

The famous musician was born Charles Edward Anderson and died Saturday at 90 years old in his home state  of Missouri. He was was remembered all over the world and locally in Sacramento.

The Torch Club in downtown held a concert and The Traveling Heartbreakers played songs in Berry's legacy.

"When you talk about rock 'n' roll and all the derivative elements of it, you got to talk about Chuck Berry," guitarist Sean Mcauliffe said. 

He sat behind the stage with the band's pianist, Mike Caselli, to talk about Berry's inspiration in their lives. 

"The thing about Chuck is he created all this music," Caselli said, "The titans are Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis. Of all of them, Chuck is King".

Both men have band mates that played with Berry and Mcauliffe once tried out to be in Berry's band. 

"Chuck was one of those guys that just took off you had to know where he was going, he didn't give lead time," Mcauliffe said. 

"He would just start playing a song and wouldn't tell you what key he was in or what song it was," Caselli added. "You had to know his catalog but not only that you had to get right on key".

Berry crossed cultural divides and brought people together when many were separate. The Torch Club owner, Marina Texeria said they way unity Berry creates is the reason she keeps his songs on her jukebox. 

"His style of music and talent is incredible and we have to remember it and the history of the blues," Texeria said. 

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