2017 release. Chuck Berry, the father of rock ’n’ roll, is releasing his first album in nearly 40 years, which is comprised mostly of new, original songs written, recorded and produced by the legend himself. Chuck 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 40 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.
”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!”