Forgetting all of the creepy bathroom filming stuff...he really was the one of the founders of rock and roll. Forgot how many cool tunes he gave us.
Swing low sweet chariot, come down easy
Taxi to the terminal zone;
Cut your engines, cool your wings,
And let me make it to the telephone.
Los Angeles give me Norfolk Virginia,
Tidewater four ten O nine
Tell the folks back home this is the promised land callin'
And the poor boy's on the line.
__________________ "Now, mark my words. So long as we are a young and virtuous people, this instrument will bind us together in mutual interests, mutual welfare, and mutual happiness. But when we become old and corrupt, it will bind us no longer" - Alexander Hamilton about the US Constitution.
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Berry's ability to fuse elements of country and jump blues was a huge part of what made rock music. "Maybellene" (1955) was probably the first real rock and roll song. The irony is that it was his love for country music that allowed this to happen. That was not typical for black musicians of the day, and is what set him apart.