Rock ‘n’ roll icon Chuck Berry was in the process of recording a new album to be released in 2017 before his death.
The musical master died Saturday at his home at age 90. According to Berry’s website, the “Johnny B. Goodie” singer was planning to release “Chuck,” his first new album in 38 years. No release date was announced and a rep for Berry and Berry’s record label did not return Fox News’ request for comment.
A press release from October 18, 2016 — Berry’s 90 birthday — said the rock legend recorded the album in several studios in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri and featured his longtime backing group and his children Charles Berry Jr. and Ingrid Berry.
“This record is dedicated to my beloved [wife] Toddy,” Berry said at the time the album was announced. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up up my shoes!”
The guitarist and musician defined the art form’s joy and rebellion in such classics as “Johnny B. Goode,” ”Sweet Little Sixteen” and “Roll Over Beethoven” in a career that spanned 7 decades and earned him countless accolades.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.