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Chuck Berry family confirm new album

By | Published on Tuesday 21 March 2017

Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry’s family have confirmed plans to release the musician’s final album, ‘Chuck’, following his death at the weekend.

As previously reported, Berry announced the album on his 90th birthday, though no further details have been released in the subsequent five months. The record is Berry’s first new album since 1979’s ‘Rock It’.

Announcing the LP last year, Berry dedicated it to his wife of 68 years, Themetta. “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy”, he said. “My darling, I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”

In a statement yesterday, the Berry family said: “Since Chuck’s passing on Saturday, the Berry family has received many inquiries from friends, fans and media about the status of his forthcoming album ‘Chuck’, which was originally announced on his 90th birthday, 18 Oct 2016”.

“Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction”, they continued. “While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that Chuck had no greater wish than to see this album released to the world, and we know of no better way to celebrate and remember his 90 years of life than through his music”.

They concluded: “For months now plans have been in place, and preparations have been made with our friends at Dualtone Records, to reveal further details and music from the album this week. As a tribute to Chuck Berry, and with gratitude to his fans around the world, we will be following through on those plans in the coming days”.