Dinosaur David B said:
Important figure. Horrible man.
Whenever the more pretentious (read: silly) music people I know (and of course I know them because I'm one of them) start spewing about the Beatles and Bob Dylan being the most influential people in Rock history I have to cough a "Chuck Berry" out. Without Chuck, what exactly would we have? Certainly the Beatles and Beach Boys wouldn't have been as they were.
I don't like him as a person, but he was a certified Rock god imo, and I'll take his music over any Prog or (post-pioneering) Shred guitar music any day.