An upcoming birthday present for his fans
The upcoming album will be self-titled “Chuck” and will be released through Dualtone Records. The official release date has not been announced, but it is expected for some time next year in 2017. Although the official track listing has not yet been announced, reports indicate the album will contain mostly original songs as opposed to classic Berry pieces. Berry served as the sole producer of the album, and it was produced using various studios throughout St. Louis.
In a released statement, Berry revealed that the upcoming album would also be dedicated to “my beloved Toddy,” referring to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry.
In addition to Berry himself, the album will feature the Blueberry Hill Band, which includes Berry's son, Charles Berry Junior, Ingrid Berry playing harmonica, Jimmy Marsala playing bass, Robert Lohr playing piano, and Keith Robinson playing drums, who all make up a long-running collaboration with Berry.
In a released statement, spokesman Joe Edwards, who is a lifelong friend of Berry’s, said that the upcoming release should be considered a “really nice gift to the fans.” Claiming that such soon-to-be iconic “Chuck Berry lyrics” will get listeners hooked, Edwards also hopes the release reminds people of why he was the “first great poet laureate of rock ’n’ roll.”
Chuck Berry is still the Father of Rock and Roll
Born in St. Louis on October 18, 1926, Berry himself has historically been labeled the “Father of Rock and Roll” after breaking out into #Music during the Fifties. Some of his better known songs include "Maybellene," “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven!,” and “Rock and Roll Music.
Reportedly, he earned his title being an inspiration to such iconic performers such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, among others.
He had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, serving as the first inductee of the organization. #MusicIndustry