Chuck Berry celebrates 90th birthday with surprise album

18th Oct 16 | Entertainment News

Chuck Berry marked his 90th birthday by announcing the release of his first album in 38 years.

The singer-songwriter, considered by many as the forefather of rock'n'roll, reached the milestone age on Tuesday (18Oct16) and delighted fans by revealing plans for a new offering - almost four decades after his record Rock It hit shelves in 1979.

In a statement, Berry said that his new record, titled Chuck, contains a number of original songs written, recorded and produced by him. It is set to be released by Dualtone Records in 2017.

Dedicating the record to Themetta Berry, his wife of 68 years, the musician said: "This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy (Themetta's nickname). My darlin' I'm growing old! I've worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!"

Chuck will feature Berry teaming up with his long-time backing group, which includes his daughter Ingrid and son Charles Berry Jr., as well as Jimmy Marsala on bass, pianist Robert Lohr and drummer Keith Robinson.

Berry fans have been waiting for new material from the legendary singer and guitarist since 2012, when he revealed during a tribute concert at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum that he was hoping to release several songs he had penned 20 years ago.

"And as soon as I can get someone to guide me - and I do know a little about the business - I want to push them out," he said at the time. "I'm going to come back and push them out if you know what I mean, somehow."

Berry is most famous for his song Johnny B. Goode, which features a 25-second guitar intro.

The track became even more successful when Michael J. Fox's character Marty McFly played it during the school prom in 1985 film Back to the Future.

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