Chuck Berry’s Friend Says Forthcoming Album Is ‘Sensational’
While studios often release tribute albums of classics or unused material after an artist dies, Berry’s upcoming album featuring mostly original songs was announced in October. His last studio album, Rock It, was released in 1979.
The 90-year-old Berry died Saturday at his home near St. Louis. His classic songs “Johnny B. Goode” and “Roll Over Beethoven” echoed throughout the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Sunday as it paid tribute to the musician.
“Anybody who’s picked up a guitar has been influenced by him,” said Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris, who remembers playing the opening riff of “Johnny B. Goode” over and over again as a budding teen guitarist.
In addition to Berry’s notes, Harris said his lyrics spoke about teenage life and social issues in the 1950s.