Age Means Nothing: Chuck Berry Releases new Album at 90!
It has been 38 years since the once famous Rock ‘n Roll legend Chuck Berry last released an album for mass consumption. Born Charles Edward Anderson Berry, the American guitarist, singer and songwriter officially turned 90 on October 18, 2016, his birthday present to himself being a new album simply titled Chuck. The LP will appear in 2017 via Dualtone, and is dedicated to his longtime wife – they’ve been married since 1948! In a press release, he stated, “This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy. My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!” Their longtime love is simply inspirational and Berry looks pretty awesome for a 90 year old musician. There has not been an album since 1979 and we are certain that fans all over are just as smitten with this news as Toddy herself is.
Chuck Berry is a legend that will never be forgotten and it appears he means to spend the last few years before hitting 100 making a good comeback to the music industry. Overcoming racism in his early days, Berry was a huge influence on artists such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He is known as one of the genre’s principal architects and the fact that the new album will feature original songs certainly has the community in an uproar. From what we have understood, the album will feature Berry’s children Charles Berry Jr on guitar and Ingrid Berry on harmonica, and the whole thing is more of a local affair, which makes it all the more satisfying to learn about. With sounds that have bridged the blues and rock genres for decades, Berry is the reason why so many white teenagers embraced the new sounds in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s. He appealed to the angst and fantasies of youth all over instead of focusing on the nightlife of adults, which is what gave him the momentum necessary to become a musical revolutionary.
All in all, seeing the return of Chuck Berry gives us goosebumps and has us playing “Maybelline” and “Roll Over Beethoven” in the background. He certainly deserves that huge statue across Blueberry Hill and the honor of being one of the first to be inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame upon its opening in 1986. Now we just need to get our hands on this new album!