Music From Chuck Berry's Final Album to See Release This Week
Mar 21 2017
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On Monday, Berry's family - who released a statement on his death late Saturday - addressed questions over the status of the star's previously announced final album, Chuck.
The news that Berry would break a four-decade hiatus from releasing studio albums came on October 18, 2016, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's 90th birthday. Time wrote, "Unlike the savage thrumming of later rock guitarists, Berry's virtuosity wore a smile". According to Ultimate Classic Rock, County police responded to a medical emergency around 12:40PM on Saturday, where they found Berry unresponsive. Although they "immediately administered lifesaving techniques", they could not revive the 90-year-old Berry; he was pronounced dead at 1:26PM.
"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", the family said in a statement, posted to Berry's Facebook. "From the first minute we heard the great guitar intro to "Sweet Little Sixteen, ' we became fans of the great Chuck Berry", he continued". He lit up our teenage years, and blew life into our dreams of being musicians and performers. From his signature duck walks and spanky solos to his total and unquestionable command of the stage and crowd, this brief survey shows why so many consider Berry to be the true originator of the genre.