AUDIO: Chuck Berry’s Posthumous Single “Big Boys” with Tom Morello

by Steve Spohn
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ChuckAlbumArtRock-n-roll legend Chuck Berry announced the release of his first new album in nearly 40 years – just before he passed away last month at the age of 90. He will be dearly missed, but his huge contributions to America’s great songbook will never be forgotten.

Chuck brought us a parade of irreplaceable classics from the ’50s and ’60s, like “Maybellene” (1955), “Roll Over Beethoven” (1956), “Rock and Roll Music” (1957), “Johnny B. Goode” (1958), “No Particular Place To Go” (1964), “You Can Never Tell” (1964) and “Nadine” (1964). Rock music simply wouldn’t be the same without Chuck.

His new 10-track album, aptly titled Chuck, will hit stores on June 16th. It is the artist’s first new LP since Rock It in 1979.

TomMorello

Tom Morello

The album, which was recorded in Berry’s hometown of St. Louis, features longtime backers The Blueberry Hill Band, including Chuck’s children, Charles Berry Jr. on guitar and Ingrid Berry on harmonic, as well as Jimmy Marsala on bass, Robert Lohr on piano and Keith Robinson on drums.

Chuck also includes a handful of A-list guest performances from blues-guitar phenom Gary Clark Jr.; Tom Morello, known for his tenure with Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave; Nathaniel Rateliff whose 2015 album, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, has turned heads; and Berry’s grandson, Charles Berry III.

Here’s Berry’s posthumous single, “Big Boys,” with Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff. It might remind you a little of another, older track. Rest in peace, Chuck.

BIG BOYS
Chuck Berry
with Tom Morello and Nathaniel Rateliff
Chuck (2017)

Steve Spohn is a former Saturday Night Live and Nickelodeon Television executive. Growing up near Princeton, NJ, led to a musical addiction, with WMMR in Philly and WNEW in NYC providing the daily dose. When not attending or planning to attend Bruce Springsteen concerts, he's plugging away as a screenwriter in Beverly Hills. Reach Steve at SSpohn@SongMango.com.

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