Chuck Berry Dead at 90 — Watch TV's Top 'You Never Can Tell' Moments

Legendary guitarist and singer-songwriter Chuck Berry, who is considered one of the pioneers of  rock and roll music, has died. He was 90.

According to the St. Charles County Police Department, Berry was found unresponsive in his Missouri home on Saturday. Attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful, and he was pronounced dead at approximately 1:30 pm. A cause of death has not been reported.

Berry had a number of unforgettable hits in the 1950s — including “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and “Johnny B. Goode” — but it’s “You Never Can Tell” with which TV viewers are probably most familiar. The uptempo tune soundtracked Pulp Fiction‘s iconic dance scene, which has since been recreated on a number of hit shows.

If you’re not 100 percent sure about whether you’ve heard the song in question, here’s a quick refresher:

MTV’s Scream reboot paid homage to the aforementioned Pulp Fiction scene in the Season 1 episode “The Dance”…

… and on The Big Bang Theory, Leonard and Penny celebrated Sheldon moving out with a no-pants dance party. You’ll quickly recognize Leonard’s moves…

… and on Gilmore Girls, the infectious track played in the background at a Quentin Tarantino-themed party that was a big deal for Rory and Logan. (Tarantino, of course, directed Pulp Fiction):

“You Never Can Tell” also turned up in an episode of Vinyl, and has been featured during dances on reality-TV shows So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With the Stars. Berry’s music has also been featured on the likes of The Sopranos, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Married… With Children, New Girl and You, Me and the Apocalypse.

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12 Comments
  1. Brian says:

    RIP to the true King of Rock & Roll

    • Chance says:

      Nope. Elvis had hit Billboard gold and introduced America to R&R a year before Berry hit the charts. Not taking anything away from Mr. Berry but Elvis is still King. Most people couldn’t name more than two Berry songs.

      • KCC says:

        True, Elvis is was the King of R&R during the segregated radio days that would never even play a Chuck Berry record. As far are creating and developing the art form, Elvis comes in a distant second to Chuck. Name a single song Elvis wrote or a single guitar lick that was so good it was copied by pretty much every rock and roll guitarist to follow him for decades. If you want to insist Elvis is king, then Berry was a god. One of the true creators of rock and roll. As John Lennon said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry.”

  2. Rini says:

    My favorite Chuck Berry moment in TV is when Dr Cox from Scrubs, said “…Chuck Berry was the original Black Berry”. Makes me laugh everytime

  3. Jeff hunter says:

    My favorite Song:My Ding-a-Ling,it’s a cute Lilly’s song and not as offensive as one might think😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂!jeff

  4. Imagecrafters says:

    Awesome showman and artist. I was very fortunate to see him in person. Thanks for the music. May you always be cruising along in your automobile. 🎶🎶

  5. spdavid says:

    If you like or listen to any form of modern rock based or related music then you owe Chuck Berry a debt because he is one of the inventors,one of the creators,one of the pioneers.

    Rest in Peace Chuck.

  6. Katy Thompson says:

    And the back to the Future scene when they call his cousin “Chuck” saying they found his new sound!!

  7. Buxpub says:

    Rest in peace Chuck – Rock and Roll icon. One of the truly great music artists, his songs were on every juke box around. My deepest heartfelt sSympathies and condolences to his family and friends!

  8. E. D. Boddy says:

    Dr. Johnny Fever famously lamented that latter-day teenagers thought Chuck Berry was the host of the Gong Show.