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Bob Dylan called him “the Shake­speare of rock ’n’ roll” while Leonard Cohen de­clared, “If Beethoven hadn’t rolled over, there would have been no room for any of us.” And now, just months af­ter Chuck Berry’s passing at age 90, an al­bum of new ma­te­rial – his first in nearly four decades – called Chuck, of­fers a few fi­nal riffs from the man who in­flu­enced every rocker since Elvis. Writ­ten over the course of the last quar­ter-cen­tury, the tunes fo­cus on themes from ag­ing to fam­ily and in­clude a se­quel to the quin­tes­sen­tial rock song, “Johnny B. Goode,” called “Lady B. Goode.” Berry, who played live con­certs into his late 80s, ded­i­cated the disc to his wife of 68 years, Themetta: “My dar­lin’, I’m grow­ing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time,” he said in a state­ment. “Now I can hang up my shoes!” —Mike Criso­lago

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