Great Job, Internet!: At 90, Chuck Berry has a new album in the works

Chuck Berry, the man whose very name John Lennon suggested as a synonym for rock ‘n’ roll, is celebrating his 90th birthday today with the surprise announcement of a new album. Scheduled for release in 2017 on the Nashville-based Dualtone Records label, Chuck will be “comprised primarily of new, original songs written, recorded and produced” by Berry himself.

This is a fairly big deal, since according to his own autobiography, the last time Berry ventured into a recording studio was February 1979, when he laid down tracks for a mostly forgotten LP called Rock It. After an astonishing run of groundbreaking hits beginning in 1955 with “Maybellene,” Berry largely began coasting in the 1970s and beyond, his reputation tarnished by perfunctory live shows, endless re-recordings of old triumphs, and numerous legal entanglements. Chuck looks like a good faith attempt to end his career on a high note.

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