The rocker will release the new record next year.
Chuck Berry is set to launch his first album in nearly four decades with 'Chuck', dedicated to his wife Themetta. The announcement coincided with the rock 'n' roll legend's 90th birthday, which took place yesterday (October 18th 2016). It's his first album since 1979's 'Rock It'.
Chuck Berry's 'Chuck' to arrive in 2017
The 'Johnny B. Goode' singer celebrated his 90th birthday this week with this very special announcement, revealing that his new self-produced record would drop next year featuring accompaniment from his backing band; guitarist and son Charles Berry Jr., harmonicist and daughter Ingrid Berry, bassist Jimmy Marsala, pianist Robert Lohr and drummer Keith Robinson; most of whom have been performing with him at St. Louis's Blueberry Club for the past 20 years.
'What an honor to be part of this new music', Charles Berry Jr. said in a statement on Chuck's website. 'The St. Louis band, or as dad called us 'the Blueberry Hill Band,' fell right into the groove and followed his lead. These songs cover the spectrum from hard driving rockers to soulful thought provoking time capsules of a life's work.'
Chuck is dedicating his first album in 38 years to his wife Themetta Berry, whom he affectionately calls Toddy. The pair will celebrate their 68th wedding anniversary on October 28th, having been together since before he even became famous. 'This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy', he said. 'My darlin', I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!'
The rock 'n' roll pioneer won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984 and became one of the first musicians to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when it opened two years later. Among some of his most famous songs are 'Roll Over Beethoven', 'Sweet Little Sixteen', 'Johnny B. Goode' and 'You Never Can Tell'.
'Chuck' is set to be released through Dualtone Records in 2017. Further details are yet to be announced.