Rock music pioneer Chuck Berry died on Saturday, March 18, at the age of 90, but that’s not the last we’ve heard from the legendary musician. He had announced an upcoming new album, “Chuck,” on his birthday last October 18, and his family is planning to follow through on that promise according to a statement released on Facebook.
“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,” the statement said. “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. 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.”
Berry is known for classic songs including “Johnny B. Goode,” “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Rock and Roll Music.” He received a Kennedy Center Honor, was named one of the 10 best electric guitarists of all time by Time magazine and he won the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, but he shockingly never won a competitive Grammy. However, other artists have won posthumous Grammy plaudits in recent years, including Ray Charles and David Bowie, so maybe they’ll make it up to him with “Chuck,” which will be his first album of new material in 38 years, following “Rock It” back in 1979.
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