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As Rock and Roll is concerned, there was no one bigger than Chuck Berry–no one that more great musicians credited with their own successes, and no one more synonymous with the music multiple generations think of when they hear a singer holding a guitar leading a band with a lively, loud, and fast rhythm, bending guitar strings and blending styles, as well as the very image of the brash, cocky headliner across the world today we know simply as the “rock star”.  Berry passed away this weekend at the age of 90.  Unforgettable hits Johnny B. Goode, Maybelline, No Particular Place To Go, Roll Over Beethoven, My Ding-a-Ling, My Tambourine, and Sweet Little Sixteen only highlight his long career.

Even modern generations know his name thanks to a joke in Back to the Future, where Michael J. Fox plays his trademark song Johnny B. Goode with a band that happens to include a fictional cousin of Chuck Berry named Marvin.  The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Beach Boys all incorporated elements from Berry’s music, including covering his songs.  John Lennon said of Berry, “If you tried to give rock ‘n’ roll another name, you might have called it Chuck Berry.”  Berry never stopped performing.  Only five years ago Berry performed Johnny B. Goode at a concert in his honor with modern legends including fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darryl McDaniels from Run DMC.  And a new album was in the works.

Chuck Berry with Carl Sagan at a concert commemorating the Voyager accomplishments.

NASA and outer space enthusiasts will remember that Chuck Berry performing Johnny B. Goode is one of only two modern American songs included on the Voyager space probe golden records, which we’ve discussed before here at borg.com.  The Voyager missions are celebrating their 40th year in space in 2017.  The selection of music was made by Carl Sagan and the small team that collected music and images for the records (the complete playlist is listed here).  By our count this leaves only one remaining living performer whose music was featured on the albums: Valya Balkanska, a Bulgarian folk singer whose song “Izlel je Delyo Hagdutin,” was included on the golden records.  Balkanska is 75 years old, and performed the song for the album at age 30.

Where are the Voyager space probes, and Chuck Berry’s historic albums, now?

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The Future Is Now.

Or at 4:29 p.m. Pacific time today, to be exact.

That’s right Back to the Future Day is here.  Soon the future will be the past.

What?  You haven’t been paying attention?  We explained it all here.

What to do?  Why not go see Back to the Future in theaters all over again today at select screens across the country.  But it’s not being recognized only in the States.  Germany, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and Canada, all will be screening the trilogy at theaters across their countries, and for the first time the trilogy will be released in Russia.

Or if you’re lucky enough to be in Indianapolis, attend the first Back to the Future in Concert, watching the movie with the score provided live by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra–nothing gives you goosebumps like hearing the score to a film in person and with the movie playing overhead.  It’s only the beginning of the tour so check it out here.  A similar show is scheduled for Melbourne, Australia, with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra performing.


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