Final CHUCK Berry album confirmed
June release set for the posthumous LP by the rock ’n’ roll pioneer – his first since 1979’s ‘Rock It’
Dualtone Records has set a 16 June release date for CHUCK, the final album and first new recordings in nearly four decades by founding rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry, who passed away last week at the age of 90. Comprised of ten new recordings, eight of which were written by Berry, CHUCK is his first new album since 1979’s Rock It.
CHUCK was recorded and produced by Berry in various studios around St. Louis and features his longtime hometown backing group, including his children Charles Berry Jr. on guitar and Ingrid Berry providing vocals and harmonica, plus bassist Jimmy Marsala, Robert Lohr on piano and Keith Robinson on drums. The album also includes guest performances from Gary Clark Jr., Tom Morello, Nathaniel Rateliff and Chuck’s grandson Charles Berry III.
“Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought him a great sense of joy and satisfaction,” the Berry family said in a statement posted to Facebook earlier this week. “While our hearts are very heavy at this time, we know that he 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.”
Some of the songs on CHUCK were originally conceived as far back as the 1980s, with Berry developing them in his home studio in St. Louis over many years during downtime between tours. When health concerns forced him to stop touring and recording in 2015, Berry continued to oversee production and planning for CHUCK, enlisting his family and close friends to fulfill his wishes that the album be completed and released.
“Working on my Dad’s record has been one of the best experiences of my life,” said Charles Berry Jr. “I will forever treasure the musical conversations we had, and the time we spent together completing it.”
Listen to the single Big Boys below, and for more information about CHUCK go to chuckberry.com