Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has chosen his 90th birthday to reveal plans for his first album in almost four decades.
The album, simply titled Chuck, will consist mainly of original songs – written, recorded and produced by the Johnny B. Goode singer.
Berry made the surprise announcement on Tuesday, the day he turned 90.
This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy, said Berry in a statement, referring to his wife of 68 years.
My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes! he added.
The album will feature collaborations with the veteran singer’s two children – Charles Berry Jr on guitar and Ingrid Berry on the harmonica.
What an honor to be part of this new music, said Berry Jr.
The St Louis band, or as dad called us ‘The Blueberry Hill Band’, fell right into the groove and followed his lead.
Chuck Berry remains one of the most influential rock and roll stars of all time.
Hits such as Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven, and Rock and Roll Music have become masterpieces of the genre.
Number one hit Johnny B. Goode was launched into space in 1977, with the purpose of representing Earth’s life and culture to extraterrestrial beings.
Berry received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984 and got the first PEN Award for literary excellence in lyric writing in 2012.
His new record will be launched by Dualtone records next year.
It is a great honor to be a part of this record and the broader legacy of Chuck Berry, said Dualtone president Paul Roper.
This body of work stands with the best of his career and will further cement Chuck as one of the greatest icons of rock and roll.
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