October 18, 2016


Chuck Berry Turns 90, Announces First Album in 38 Years

Yuri Martianov/Kommersant via Getty Images
Yuri Martianov/Kommersant via Getty Images

Chuck Berry has been a rock 'n' roll icon for decades, and now the genre's pioneer just became the coolest 90-year-old around. In celebration of his milestone birthday today, the musician has announced his first album in 38 yearsChuck.

The album comes after 1979's Rock It, and will be dedicated to Berry's wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. "This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy," he shared in a statement. "My darlin', I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"

Chuck is set for a 2017 release on Dualtone Records, and will be filled with new original songs that are written, recorded and produced by the rock star. He worked on the album with his longtime backing band that includes children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica).

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