"Chuck", the final album from rock legend Chuck Berry will be released this week in the wake of his passing, his family said Monday.
Chuck was originally announced on Berry's 90th birthday previous year, and will be his first studio album since 1979.
Now, Chuck Berry's family and record label is working to release his last collection of songs. 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'.
When Chuck Berry was honored with the 2014 Polar Music Prize (the musical equivalent of the Nobel Prize), Keith Richards said, "Chuck Berry, he just leaped out of the radio at me. It's not really possible to sum up what he meant to all us young guys growing up in Liverpool but I can give it a try". The evening closed with a heart-pounding "Gold To Glass" into "Wish I Knew You" show-stopper, before the bagpiper joined in for an extended jam of "It's A Long Way To The Top" by AC/DC. "Now I can hang up my shoes!"
'The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement'.
Berry originally released "Johnny B. Goode" in 1958, which immediately became a Top 10 hit on both the Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart (No. 2) and the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 8).
He was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986.
In a reflective tribute to the late Chuck Berry, Paul McCartney honored the rock icon's massive influence on the Beatles' formative music. It features his children, Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid, on guitar and harmonica, and is dedicated to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry.