Rock ’n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry’s name still resonates among his peers. The singer, songwriter, and guitarist revolutionized Rock music through hits such as “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Memphis,” “My Ding-a-Ling” and “Sweet Little Sixteen.” Berry was the first person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986. He was also inducted into the The Blues Foundation’s Blues Hall of Fame in ’85 and also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in the same year. Sadly, the 90 year old music icon passed away on March 18 this year at his house in St Charles County, Missouri. Berry died of cardiac arrest.
On July 20, 2017, the world was shocked by the sudden demise of Chester Bennington. The Linkin Park singer committed suicide by hanging himself at his private residence in Palo Verdes Estates in Los Angeles. Linkin Park rose to fame with their breakout album “Hybrid Theory” in 2000. The band later went on to earn Grammy recognition for songs like “Crawling,” “Numb” and “In the End”. The singer had deep rooted problems with substance abuse and depression, amplified by the suicide of his dear friend and fellow rock star Chris Cornell. Bennington committed suicide on what would have been Chris Cornell’s 53rd birthday.
Malcom Young, the maestro behind AC/DC’s amazing riffs, co-founded the renowned band with his brother Angus Young. Together the band delivered hits such as “Back in Black”, “Hells Bells”, “Highway to Hell”, “Thunderstruck”, “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)”, and “You Shook Me All Night Long” among many others. Sadly, his time with AC/DC was cut short when he was diagnosed with Dementia. He passed away at the age of 64 on November 18, 2017.
The American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer was the front man for the band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, formed in 1976. He was also a founding member of Rock n’ Roll super group The Travelling Wilburys, which included fellow music legends George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Bob Dylan, and Roy Orbison. Petty was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. Having sold over 80 million records worldwide, he is one of the highest selling recording artists of all time. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 66 on October 2.
Chris Cornell, who was known for his rasping vocals and ominous lyrics, took his own life in a hotel in Detroit by hanging himself on May 18, 2017. The Soundgarden and Audioslave singer’s album ‘Superunknown’ debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 in 1994. The album, created when he was with Soundgarden, includes hit singles such as “Spoonman” and “Black Hole Sun.” The Audioslave’s self-titled album, released in 2002, entered at number seven on the Billboard 200 and achieved triple platinum status.