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Chuck Berry rocks on from beyond the grave

Chuck Berry rocks on from beyond the grave
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By Robert Hackwill
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Chuck Berry's long-delayed new studio album, originally begun in 1979, is finally released three months after his death

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Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Chuck Berry has a brand-new album out. Recording was completed just before Berry died last March at the age of 90. Berry is considered as one of the most influential musicians of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and he started recording new songs in his studio in the U.S. state of Missouri soon after his previous album, “Rock It,” in 1979, but 10 years later, the tracks were destroyed in a studio fire and he had to restart re-recording from scratch, as his son explains

“He had nothing. So, he builds another studio and goes back to work recreating or creating new music through that 25 year span,” says Charles Berry Jr.

The album features 10 new recordings, including a sequel to his 1958 track “Johnny B. Goode” entitled “Lady B. Goode”. Performers on the album are his former live backing band as well as his children, Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid, on guitar and harmonica, with songs “covering the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful thought-provoking time capsules of a life’s work” – The album is dedicated to the wife he was married to for 68 years, Themetta “Toddy” Suggs.

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