Charles “Chuck” Berry was born in St Louis, Missouri on 18 October 1926

US rock and roll legend Chuck Berry has marked his 90th birthday by announcing his first new album in 38 years.

Simply titled Chuck, the 2017 release will be “comprised primarily of new, original songs” and was recorded “in various studios around St Louis”.

“I’ve worked on this record for a long time,” Berry said in a statement. “Now I can hang up my shoes!”

The veteran musician said the record was dedicated to Themetta “Toddy” Berry, his “beloved” wife of 68 years.

Two of Berry’s children, Charles Berry Jr and Ingrid Berry, will be heard on the album playing guitar and harmonica respectively.

Berry Jr said the new songs “cover the spectrum from hard-driving rockers to soulful, thought-provoking time capsules of a life’s work.”

BBC entertainment and arts

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