Chuck Berry was unlike any rock n roll artist. He had a family and was completely committed to his wife, Themetta “Toddy” Suggs and children. If you wanted a proof, just go and check the number of years he spent with his wife. The 90 year old Chuck Berry died yesterday.
The two spent some 68 years together after being married in their early twenties. The two prospered together. While wife allowed him full freedom to work and took control of the household, the husband from day one tried to ensure that the family had a shelter over its head and two square meals a day.
There is no denying that it was a big achievement for a person who faced repeated prison sentences for different crimes very early in his youth.
Now as the entire world seems to be remembering the stalwart that Chuck Berry was, the Rolling Stones were first to praise him as the one with greatest influence on the music world today.
“The Rolling Stones are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Chuck Berry. He was a true pioneer of rock ‘n’ roll and a massive influence on us. Chuck was not only a brilliant guitarist, singer and performer, but most importantly, he was a master craftsman as a songwriter. His songs will live forever”, said the Rolling Stones. CNN quoted the co-founder of Beatles, John Lennon, some three decades ago praised him in exceptional words saying “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.'”
Chuck Berry and his wife were blessed with a daughter merely two years after their marriage, Ingrid. She is their eldest child and around 67 year old. Melody was born in November 1952 and is 64. Aloha is five year younger than Melody, while, Charles Jr, their youngest son is 55 year old.
His only son Charles Berry Jr. occasionally accompanied his father on his tours. He was a member of his father’s touring band. When the St. Louis Dispatch interviewed Berry in 2012, Charles Jr. often had to repeat the questions. When asked which of his father’s songs he liked, Charles Jr. said “I love all of them. He’s got 278 songs and whatever he starts playing, we’re gonna do it and we’re gonna enjoy it, man.”