Chuck Berry fans can look forward to new album

Fans mourning Chuck Berry's death can look forward to an album of mostly new material expected this year.

Friend of late musician calls new album 'sensational', set to be released this year

Chuck Berry, seen here performing in 2011 in Chicago, had prepared original material for a new album called CHUCK before his death. It will be released in June. (Timothy Hiatt/Getty)

Fans mourning Chuck Berry's death can look forward to an album of mostly new material expected this year.

The 90-year-old Berry died Saturday at his home near St. Louis. Berry's songs include the classics Johnny B. Goode and Roll Over Beethoven.

Friend Joe Edwards says he's heard the new album Berry announced in October. Edwards calls it "sensational."

Edwards owns the St. Louis club where Berry performed regularly and says he'll miss his friend tremendously. The first single off the new album was scheduled before Berry's death to be released in the next few weeks.

Berry's last studio album was Rock It in 1979. He was the subject of a documentary and accompanying album eight years later, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll.

Funeral arrangements hadn't been announced Sunday. One of Berry's representatives, Matt Hanks, said he didn't have any new information about the release plans for the Chuck album.