From indispensable pioneers like Chuck Berry to the real geniuses comedy of Jerry Lewis, movies and music also saw stars like Fats Domino, Tom Petty, Roger Moore, Jonathan Demme or Jeanne Moreau passed away in 2017.
It is difficult to measure the impact and the footprint in the rock and roll of Chuck Berry, one of the first style of effervescent and youthful music that changed the roots of popular music in the 20th century.
Author of unforgettable songs such as “Johnny B. Goode” or “Maybellene”, Chuck Berry died at 90 years old at his home outside of San Luis (USA).
As it is also impossible to quantify the weight from the crazy comedy of grimaces, stumbles, misunderstandings and disguises of Jerry Lewis, one of the greatest exponents of this style, who died at age 91. Actor, director, producer, screenwriter and total artist, Lewis formed a memorable couple of humour with Dean Martin and left for posterity films “The Bellboy” (1960) or “The Nutty Professor” (1963).
In a completely different register, that of the elegance and finesse of an agent 007, the cinema also cried the loss at the age of 89 of the Briton Roger Moore, protagonist of “Live and Let Die” (1973) and “The Spy Who Loved Me “(1977) and the actor who more times put on the skin of James Bond then anyone.
Another illustrious and respected English interpreter such as John Hurt, known for feature films such as “Alien” (1979) or “The Elephant Man” (1980), succumbed to cancer at age 77.
He was a cult actor, like Jeanne Moreau, muse of the “Nouvelle Vague” and myth of French cinema, an enigmatic actress and singer Jeanne Moreau who worked almost until the end of his 89 years and who is in the history of cinema for having participated in jewelry of the seventh art as “Jules et Jim” (1962).
And American television fired an entire female icon such as Mary Tyler Moore, who died at age 80 and with “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” became an emblem of modern and independent women.
Younger, at 73 years, Jonathan Demme, director of “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) left one of the three films – along with “It Happened One Night” (1934) and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” (1975) – who have won the five most important Oscars: best film, director, actor, actress and screenplay.
With a sharp look and imposing presence like that of a “cowboy”, the actor and writer Sam Shepard, screenwriter of “Paris, Texas” (1984) and interpreter of “The Right Stuff” (1983), also died at 73 years old.
While the horror film said goodbye to two brilliant teachers of the genre such as George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”, 1968) and Tobe Hooper (“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”, 1974, and “Poltergeist”, 1982 ).
Martin Landau, winner of the Oscar for the film “Ed Wood” (1994) was another of the familiar faces that left us in 2017, a year that fired-up other artists from the small and big screen like Harry Dean Stanton, Miguel Ferrer, Emmanuelle Riva, Anita Pallenberg, Bill Paxton, Frank Vincent or Michael Nyqvist.
And the Latin American world suffered a great loss, the Argentine actor Federico Luppi, a name not without controversy for his statements to open tomb and elegant presence in half a century of films, with titles such as “A place in the world” (1992) , “Sol de otoño” (1996), “Martín (Hache)” (1998) or “Cronos” (2006)
Music lovers from half the world were heartbroken by the unexpected death at 66 years of Tom Petty, a huge exponent of the most intense and passionate American rock and the author of hymns like “American Girl” and “Free Fallin”.
Fans of grunge’s tormented sound of Chris Cornell, singer of Soundgarden or Audioslave, who committed suicide at age 52 in Detroit (USA).
A close friend of Cornell and leader of the best-selling band of “nu metal” Linkin Park, vocalist Chester Bennington also took his own life at age 41 in Los Angeles.
In a totally different style, master of the most playful piano of the beginnings of rock, Fats Domino, signatory of songs for eternity as “Blueberry Hill”, died at 89 in his beloved and native New Orleans.
There was no shortage of reasons for rock fans to shed some tears as 2017 said farewell to the well-known guitarists Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band; Malcolm Young, from AC / DC; J. Geils, from The J. Geils Band, and Walter Becker, from Steely Dan.
As well as French rock god Johnny Hallyday, country figures Glen Campbell and Don Williams, crooner Al Jarreau, soul talent Charles Bradley, rapper Prodigy – duo Mobb Deep – and pop star teen of the 70s David Cassidy.