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Chuck Berry to release first new album in more than 35 years

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FILE – This Feb. 26, 2012 file photo, musician Chuck Berry plays “Johnny B. Goode” at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Berry will be honored this fall by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of its American Music Masters series. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds, File)

ST. LOUIS (AP) – Ninety-year-old rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry is set to release his first new studio album in more than 35 years.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2ep3d7U ) reports that Berry’s album, titled “Chuck,” will be available in 2017.

The album was recorded in St. Louis-area studios and will feature mostly original work by Berry, who turned 90 on Tuesday.

Jimmy Marsala, a bassist in Berry’s longtime band, suggests the new album took so long to come together because Berry wanted to make sure it lived up to everyone’s expectations. His last studio album was “Rock It” in 1979.

Spokesman Joe Edwards says the new album is a gift to his fans. According to Edwards, Berry is likely retired from touring, but anything can happen.

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