Chuck Berry, 90, set to release new album
Berry unlikely to tour in support of 1st album of new material since 1979
Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry is set to release his first new studio album in more than 35 years.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Berry's album, titled Chuck, will be available in 2017.
The album was recorded in St. Louis-area studios and will feature mostly original work by Berry, who turned 90 on Tuesday. He is the sole producer on the album.
Berry — whose writing credits include Roll Over Beethoven, and Johnny B. Goode
Spokesman Joe Edwards says the new album is a gift to his fans. Berry's son, Charles Berry Jr., says the songs "cover the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful, thought-provoking time capsules of a life's work."
Beginning in 1955, at age 29, Berry helped lay the foundation for rock 'n' roll with Maybelline, followed by hits such as Roll Over Beethoven, Johnny B. Goode, School Days and No Particular Place to Go. The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys were among the biggest of an untold number of artists who've covered his songs or written new ones bearing his influence.
According to Edwards, Berry is likely retired from touring, but anything can happen.
Berry played his 200th concert at a St. Louis restaurant and music club called The Duck Room in 2014 before pulling back from touring.
Artifacts from Berry's career are on display at the National Blues Museum in downtown St. Louis, the city where he was born, and the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
With files from CBC News