Chuck Berry’s new album to go ahead as planned

Chuck Berry announced in 2016 on his 90th birthday he intended to release a new album entitled Chuck in 2017, and it appears that will indeed happen even after his death over the weekend.

An announcement on Berry’s Facebook page Monday stated the album will come out, and that new music from the album will be released this week. The statement reads as follows:

Since Chuck’s passing on Saturday, the Berry family has received many inquiries from friends, fans and media about the status of his forthcoming album CHUCK, which was originally announced on his 90th birthday, October 18, 2016.

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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. 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.

No release date on the album has been given just yet. The album will be Berry’s first studio album since 1979.

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