Today, October 18, is the 90th birthday of legendary rock icon Chuck Berry.
How better to celebrate than by announcing a new record? That’s precisely what Berry did, as a collection of new, original songs will be released in 2017.
Naturally, the album — Berry’s first batch of new music since 1979’s Rock It — is named, simply, Chuck.
Via the press release:
“This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy,” said Berry, referring to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”
As for the complement of musicians working with him on the new music:
It was recorded in various studios around St. Louis and features Berry’s longtime hometown backing group – including his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), plus Jimmy Marsala (Berry’s bassist of forty years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums) – which has supported him for over two decades on over two hundred residency shows at the famed Blueberry Hill club.
Stay tuned — more details and info about Chuck will be revealed soon.