Lots of composers and singers say they are “influenced” by others. In the case of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys, it was more than influence.
Listen to this:
“Surfin’ U.S.A.” was considered one of the first major plagiarism scuffles in rock history. Murry Wilson, Brian’s father and the Beach Boys manager, agreed to give the publishing rights to Arc Music, Berry’s publisher. So that case did not go to court. It took until 1966 for Berry’s name to be added to the songwriting credits.
Chuck Berry died on March 18, 2017 at age 91. He has been praised as the “founding father of rock and roll” and Mick Jagger Tweeted appreciation for, “all the inspirational music he gave to us.”
Here is Chuck Berry performing with John Lennon:
Berry performed at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in June of 1967. He was one of the few 1950s stars who continued to perform through the late 1960s. He mostly played blues at his Fillmore gig and it became a live album called, “Chuck Berry Live at the Fillmore Auditorium,”
RIP Chuck Berry,