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From the cover of Chuck Berry's first album since the '70s.

From the cover of Chuck Berry's first album since the '70s.

It's Chuck Berry!

The innovator who inspired the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the genre we call rock 'n' roll, is celebrating his 90th birthday with a brand-new album. That's right, the newfound nonagenarian is releasing his first project in 37 years, Chuck, sometime in 2017.

Chuck will be Berry's first album since 1979's Rock It, which boasted a very underrated cover art.

Admittedly, a lot has changed in music since 1979. (Have you ever heard the effect glossy, late-'70s over-production has on the classic original rock formula? It sounds like this.) Still, today's climate and resources seem more in Berry's wheelhouse than ever. Every time someone watches Back to the Future, we're reminded of his greatness.

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

Chuck will be produced by Chuck Berry himself, and will feature his longtime backing accompaniment, the Blueberry Hill Band. Thus far, all we know of the album is that it will contain largely new material which feature both "hard driving rockers" and "soulful thought provoking time capsules of a life’s work." No specific release date is set yet.

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