Happy Birthday, Chuck Berry!

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Chuck Berry (Pablo Porciuncula/Getty Images)

Chuck Berry (Pablo Porciuncula/Getty Images)

Chuck Berry, one of the pioneers of rock n’ roll music turns 87 today (Friday, October 18th).

Had it not been for Berry’s guitar magic, we wouldn’t have The Rolling Stones or The Beatles — or the millions of bands they inspired.

Berry, a Missouri native, was the very first musician to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it opened in 1986. That first graduating class included a few chumps you may have heard of: Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and James Brown.

Even at 87, Berry still performs. In fact, he’s going on tour in Russia soon after he blows out the candles.

As a tribute to his pervasiveness in the realm of rock and all recorded music of all-time, a clip of “Johnny B. Goode” was chosen for the Voyager I spacecraft in 1977 with Earthling samples by Berry, Beethoven, Mozart, Stravinsky, etc.

Who knows, with his tunes floating around in space, maybe Chuck Berry will become a pioneer of rock n’ roll music for the whole universe?

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