Chuck Berry celebrates 90th birthday with announcement of first album in 38 years

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Chuck Berry performs at the Congress Theater on January 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Barry Brecheisen/FilmMagic)

Chuck Berry performs at the Congress Theater on January 1, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by Barry Brecheisen/FilmMagic

Chuck Berry is proving you are never too old to rock. The singer celebrated his 90th birthday Tuesday by giving fans a big gift.

The rock n’ roll pioneer announced he’s been working on a new album, his first in nearly four decades.

Portrait of Chuck Berry, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1972. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)

Portrait of Chuck Berry in 1972. Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns

The album, simply titled “Chuck,” will be released in 2017 on Dualtone Records and will consist mostly of new songs written, recorded and produced solely by Berry.

Berry’s last album was 1979’s “Rock It.”

His latest work was recorded in various studios around St. Louis.

“This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy,” Berry said in a statement, referring to his wife of 68 years, Themetta Berry. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”

Considered one of the pioneers of his genre, Berry received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1984.

He was also in the inaugural class of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees in 1986 and was awarded a Kennedy Center Honor in 2000.

Berry’s hits include “Johnny B. Goode,” “Roll Over Beethoven” and “Maybelene.”

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