Chuck Berry's final LP out in June
- Bang Showbiz
- 22 March 2017
Chuck Berry's final record will be released on Dualtone/Decca Records on June 16
Chuck Berry's final album will be released on June 16.
The late rock 'n' roll legend - who passed away on Saturday (18.03.17) at the age of 90 from natural causes - revealed on his 90th birthday last October that he was planning to drop his first record since 1979's 'Rock It', and it has now been confirmed that Dualtone/Decca Records will put out his posthumous record.
The LP features a total of 10 tracks, with eight being written by the 'Sweet Little Sixteen' hitmaker.
A whole host of collaborators are on the record including Berry's children Charles Berry Jr. and Darlin Ingrid Berry - who are part of their father's backing group, The Blueberry Hill Band - who both play the harmonica and guitar on the album, which has been produced by Berry.
Bassist Jimmy Marsala, who has played with Berry for four decades, and pianist Robert Lohr and drummer Keith Robinson also feature on the tracks.
It also includes an unlikely duet with Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and singer Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweat, who are on the single 'Big Boys'.
It comes after the 'Roll Over Beethoven' singer's devastated family revealed they decided to push through with the album because penning the tracks had brought the late star "a great sense of joy and satisfaction."
A statement on his official Facebook page read: "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.
"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. (sic)"