Rock "n" roll legend Chuck Berry has passed away, the St. Charles County Police Department in St. Charles County, Missouri confirmed on Facebook on Saturday. In a statement on Berry's official Facebook page, his family assured fans that Chuck is still set to come out later this year via Dualtone Records, with specific release details to follow in the coming days. Citing the "many inquiries" they've fielded from fans and media, Berry's surviving family issued strong assurances that Chuck's on its way - and we'll be hearing our first samples very soon.
"Working to prepare the release of this record in recent months and in fact over the last several years brought Chuck a great sense of joy and satisfaction".
Announcing Chuck last year, Berry dedicated the record to his wife of 58 years Themetta. They immediately administered lifesaving techniques, however they we're not able to revive the 90-year-old Berry. The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry.
'The family requests privacy during this time of bereavement'. He had a string of hits through his long, decorated career including "Johnny B. Goode", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Maybellene" and tons more.
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Berry was born on October 18, 1926, in St. Louis, Mo., and died on Saturday afternoon in St. Charles, Mo. "It's fitting that he was the first person inducted inot the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame".
Berry recorded Chuck with his longtime backing band, which includes his children Charles Berry Jr.
Berry was a transcendent figure in the rock and roll realm, incorporating rhythm and blues elements into the genre while captivating audiences with his trademark swagger and rousing guitar solos.