RIYL: Rock 'n' Roll, ROCK AND ROLL
To me, Chuck Berry was an icon. He was an original. He was a local legend. He was a man that I met at dinner one night who proceeded to then hit on my date and to pose it as a compliment to me. I took it as such.
He was the originator of Rock ‘n’ Roll cool.
All of those things are true. On Saturday, when my mom texted me the news, I said aloud, “Oh no.” I had just played Roll Over Beethoven the night before on the radio, and, well, it’s hard to ever conceive of a legend as anything close to mortal. He was 90, and I know he’d been in poor health in recent years, but it still seemed so surreal.
I’ve spent a good chunk of today reading about him and listening to a bunch of covers of his songs as I prepare a Chuck Berry tribute show that I’m working on. That’s how I ended up on the Chuck Berry website in the first place and there it was, the first single off his final studio album. It finally has a release date now for June.
I wonder if he’ll get that posthumous record sales bounce and debut on the Billboard top 10 come June. I don’t know, but I’ve done my part. You can too by picking up the limited edition pressing on red vinyl. There are other packages available as well including a picture book that chronicles his whole career, which frankly sounds pretty cool.
THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. Items will ship the week before release date (June 16).
CHUCK on 180-gram limited edition red vinyl (comes with a digital download coupon for 320kbps MP3 files of the whole album)
You'll also receive (via email) an instant download of the first single "Big Boys" upon completion of your order. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THIS ON A COMPUTER, NOT A PHONE.
You Go To My Head
3/4 Time (Enchiladas)
Lady B. Goode
She Still Loves You
Eyes of Man
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive