Rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry had marked his 90th birthday by announcing that he will next year release his first album of new music in 38 years.
The album, Chuck, will feature mostly new, original material recorded and produced by Berry, according to his record company.
The album will also Berry’s children, Charles Berry Jr on guitar and Ingrid Berry on harmonica.
With songs like Maybellene, Roll Over Beethoven and Johnny B Goode in the late 1950s, Berry helped lay the foundation for modern rock music and was a major influence on scores of 1960s bands, including the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
The Missouri-based songwriter and guitar player was given a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 1984 and was in the first class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 1986.
Charles Berry Jr said it was a huge honour to be part of what will probably his father’s final album.
“The St Louis band, or as dad called us the Blueberry Hill Band, fell right into the groove and followed his lead,” he told Reuters.
“These songs cover the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful thought-provoking time capsules of a life’s work.”
Berry said he was dedicating the new album to his wife of 68 years, Themetta.
“My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time,” the musician said in a statement.
“Now I can hang up my shoes!”
Chuck Berry classic Johnny B Goode