His brushes with the law became quite famous; when he went "on the road", he insisted on being paid in cash before he would go onstage and always work with local bands. He had charisma as big as his ego, ignored the press, and rarely sat for autographs, yet his music spoke to so many. The music he created for Chess Records was a true "fusion" of country, rhythm 'n' blues, "jump" blues, and more.
There are lots of appreciations on line. Check them out. Some have links to songs such as "Maybelline", "Living In The USA", "Promised Land", "You Can't Catch Me", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Sweet Little Sixteen", and "Johnny B. Goode." You can find them on Youtube and elsewhere. That's American Music at its best!
For more, go to www.nytimes.com/2017/03/18/arts/chuck-berry-dead.html or www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chuck-berry-rock-roll-innovator-dead-at-90.
Follow these links to learn more - nyti.ms/2mivEg6 and to nydn.us/2npkIgy, and to www.nytimes.com/2017/03/19/business/media/jimmy-breslin-dead-ny-columnist-author.html.