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Published on June 9th, 2017 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson


Chuck Berry’s Final Album Chuck

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry posthumously releases his final album, Chuck [Dualtone, Decca].


The album celebrates the life and legacy of the GRAMMY® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and illuminates his never-ending influence over rock, blues, soul, R&B, rap, jazz, and pop. As Berry’s first record to be comprised of primarily new material in 38 years, Chuck features ten passionate, potent, and powerful anthems.

Bridging generations, guitar innovator Tom Morello [Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Prophets of Rage] and Nathaniel Rateliff volley riffs back and forth with Berry on the single “Big Boys.” Straight out of the gate, the song clocked over 660K YouTube/VEVO views on his first-ever music video and 556K Spotify streams, while garnering looks from NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, The Guardian, and more. Gary Clark, Jr. lends his six-string prowess to “Wonderful Woman,”while Charles Berry, Jr. and Ingrid Berry feature throughout the record. The latest single “Lady B. Goode” serves as a sequel to one of rock music’s most impactful song’s “Johnny B. Goode,” bookending the artist’s legendary discography.

Recently, Rolling Stone dove into the album in this extensive preview.

Beyond rock ‘n’ roll, Berry’s influence resounds throughout generations of African American music and culture. In tribute last March, President Barack Obama wrote, “Chuck Berry rolled over everyone who came before him — and turned up everyone who came after. We’ll miss you, Chuck. Be good.”

Meanwhile, his songs would be sampled by everyone from LL Cool J to Leaders of the New School, while Questlove, D.M.C., Mos Def, Q-Tip, Chuck D, Juicy J, and more have been vocal about his influence.

Chuck is the final word on one of music’s most important legacies.

Throughout his career, Chuck Berry changed the face of music forever. Among countless accolades, he achieved Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction, a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, BMI Icon Honors, and more. Time celebrated him among the “10 Best Electric Guitar Players of All Time,” and Rolling Stone included him in the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” His signature “Johnny B. Goode” remains the only rock ‘n’ roll song to be included on the Voyager Golden Record on the Voyager Spacecraft in 1977.

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