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Chuck Berry Announces ‘Chuck,’ First New Album Since 1979

Chuck Berry plays the Congress Theatre in Chicago, 1/1/11

Rock guitar originator Chuck Berry turns 90 years old today. Happy Birthday, Chuck! To celebrate, he’s announced the release of Chuck, his first new album since 1979’s Rock It, which will arrive via Dualtone records sometime next year.

With an immortal run of Chess Records singles beginning in the mid-1950s–including classics like “Maybellene,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and “Johnny B. Goode”–Berry helped define the twangy, sexed-up, guitar-centric take on R&B that came to be known as rock and roll.

According to Billboard, Chuck was recorded and produced by Berry himself, and contains mostly new original songs. Not bad for a guy born in 1926. Watch a live “Maybellene” from 1958 below.