Charles Berry Jr. shares memories of his father's life and music with NPR Music's Talia Schlanger on World Café. Click below to listen to the episode.Read More
The video for sentimental track "Darlin'" off of new album CHUCK has an equally nostalgic video to go along with it. Photos and clips of tender family moments are interlaced with clips of Berry performing with his trademark showmanship.Read More
CHUCK is available to hear in full via First Listen on NPR Music in advance of the album's release on June 9.
NPR Music's Tom Moon writes: "If you have even a teensy bit of love for the sound Berry gave the world, the song that opens this posthumous release will bring a smile."Read More
Chuck Berry's first official music video, "Big Boys" from CHUCK, premiered on NPR Music today.
"When director's Matt Bizer and Curtis Wayne Millard set out to shoot the first-ever music video for Chuck Berry, they had just one goal: have fun. So they turned to choreographer Jeremy Green, who orchestrated a thrilling dance sequence that unfolds at a high school sock hop. The elaborate routine recalls the era's rock-and-roll swing steps and includes a brief Washington Hand Dance performance. But Green makes slight updates with elements of hip-hop that give the choreography more momentum and a slight edge."Read More
Today, The New Yorker has premiered “Wonderful Woman,” the second track from the forthcoming Chuck Berry album ‘CHUCK,’ due out June 9 on Dualtone Records, an Entertainment One Company. ‘CHUCK’ is the final album and first new music in nearly four decades from the founding rock and roll legend, who passed away last month at the age of 90. The New Yorker calls “Wonderful Woman" -- which features special guest Gary Clark Jr. on guitar -- “freewheeling and rambunctious.”Read More
The final album and first new recordings in nearly four decades by founding rock and roll legend Chuck Berry will be released on June 16th via Dualtone Records (an Entertainment One Company). Listen to the first single from CHUCK now and pre-order your copy today to get an included instant download of "Big Boys."Read More
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.Read More
We are deeply saddened to announce that Chuck Berry - beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather - passed away at his home today at the age of 90. Though his health had deteriorated recently, he spent his last days at home surrounded by the love of his family and friends. The Berry family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.Read More
CHUCK BERRY CELEBRATES 90 TH BIRTHDAY YEAR WITHANNOUNCEMENT OF ‘CHUCK’ - HIS FIRST ALBUM IN NEARLY FOUR DECADES - TO BE RELEASED IN 2017 ON DUALTONE
Cover art for the new Chuck Berry album ‘CHUCK’ due in 2017. Share here with the hashtag #CHUCKat90
ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 18, 2016 -- Chuck Berry, the artist who codified the sound, rhythm and language of rock and roll, celebrated his 90 th birthday today with the surprise announcement that he will release a new album – titled simply ‘CHUCK’ - in 2017 on Dualtone Records (an Entertainment One Company).
Comprised primarily of new, original songs written, recorded and produced by the founding rock and roll legend, ‘CHUCK’ is Berry’s first new album in thirty-eight years. It was recorded in various studios around St. Louis and features Berry’s longtime hometown backing group - including his children Charles Berry Jr. (guitar) and Ingrid Berry (harmonica), plus Jimmy Marsala (Berry’s bassist of forty years), Robert Lohr (piano), and Keith Robinson (drums) - which has supported him for over two decades on over two hundred residency shows at the famed Blueberry Hill club. More details about ‘CHUCK’ and other Berry-related events will be revealed in the coming weeks.
“This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy,” said Berry, referring to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”
“What an honor to be part of this new music,” says Charles Berry Jr. “The St. Louis band, or as dad called us ‘The Blueberry Hill Band,’ fell right into the groove and followed his lead. These songs cover the spectrum from hard driving rockers to soulful thought provoking time capsules of a life's work.”
Dualtone president Paul Roper adds: “It is a great honor to be a part of this record and the broader legacy of Chuck Berry. This body of work stands with the best of his career and will further cement Chuck as one of the greatest icons of rock and roll.”
It would be impossible to overstate Chuck Berry’s influence on popular culture around the globe (and beyond it). According to Rolling Stone magazine he "laid the groundwork for not only a rock and roll sound but a rock and roll stance,” and many of his compositions - “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” “Rock and Roll Music” and others – have become the genre’s canonical texts. Another, “Johnny B. Goode,” is the only rock and roll song included on the Voyager Golden Record, launched into space in 1977, and intended to represent life and culture on Earth to extraterrestrial beings.
Berry received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984, and was in the inaugural class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 1986. He was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 2000, placed #5 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time in 2010, and was given the first-ever PEN Award for literary excellence in lyric writing in 2012, and Sweden’s Polar Music Prize in 2014. More recently, he was the subject of a widely discussed essay by author Chuck Klosterman predicting that hundreds of years hence, Berry would be singularly synonymous with rock and roll itself, and last month his classic 1973 red Cadillac Eldorado went on display as part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s new National Museum of African American Culture and History.
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