“If you tried to give rock and roll another name,” John Lennon once said, “you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’” When Berry died March 18 at the age of 90, the music world mourned a legend with a checkered past and celebrated the incredible music he gave us.
Now almost 40 years after his last album, his record label, Dualtone Records, has announced the posthumous release of a new Chuck Berry album. CHUCK isn’t the cash grab we often see after an artist’s death. The 10-track album of new music features eight songs written by Berry himself and guest appearances from musicians such as Nathaniel Rateliff (of Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats), Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello, his children Ingrid Berry and Charles Berry Jr., and his grandson Charles Berry III. Berry’s last album was 1979’s Rock It.
Berry’s family posted a statement on the artist’s Facebook page explaining that recording this album in the years leading up to his death had given Berry much joy and satisfaction, and that he had “no greater wish than to see this album released to the world.”
One of the first people inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Berry received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984.
CHUCK will be released on June 16, but you can listen to the first single from the album, “Big Boys,” here.
Credit: Dualtone Music Group.