Springsteen hails Chuck Berry as greatest rocker of all time

The pioneer of rock 'n' roll Chuck Berry was found unconscious Saturday at his home outside St. Louis and was later pronounced dead. VIDEO: REUTERS
Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Berry perform Johnny B. Good to open The Concert for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, on Sept 2, 1995.
Bruce Springsteen and Chuck Berry perform Johnny B. Good to open The Concert for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, on Sept 2, 1995. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK (AFP) - Bruce Springsteen on Saturday hailed Chuck Berry as the greatest rocker of all time after the legendary guitarist died at age 90.

"Chuck Berry was rock's greatest practitioner, guitarist and the greatest pure rock 'n' roll writer who ever lived," Springsteen wrote on Twitter.

Springsteen often cited Chuck Berry as an influence, playing back-up in the rock elder's band in the 1970s as The Boss was gaining fame.

The two guitarists again collaborated in 1995 in a gala concert to open the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Berry, who was born and lived most of his life in the St. Louis, Missouri area, was found unresponsive at his home Saturday by emergency responders.