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Chuck Berry's final album, titled, Chuck, will be released on June 16th, according to Rolling Stone. Berry, who had taught himself how to use Pro-Tools to produce the new set, died of natural causes on March 18th at age 90. The lead single from Chuck has hit the Internet, with "Big Boys" featuring the signature Berry two-note bend lick, with guitar help from Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello and backing vocals by Nathaniel Rateliff. The album, which marks the first new music from Berry since 1979's Rock It, was recorded between 1991 and 2014, and in addition to new material, features two callbacks to the past: "'Lady B. Goode' is a sequel to 'Johnny B. Goode,' and 'Jamaica Moon' is a rewrite of 'Havana Moon.'"
One of Chuck Berry's oldest friends in the business, Little Richard spoke at length about Berry to Billboard, and said in part: "I just feel sad about Chuck going. I didn’t even know he was sick. I lost a really great friend -- one of my best friends in music. I love Chuck. I’ve been with Chuck all my life, really. We went around and toured Europe and America together. Most of my favorite moments were watching him just do the duck walk and play. Sometimes his daughter came out on the road with us. I remember one day he gave me a gold horseshoe to hold -- 'Feel this. How do you like it?' -- and then he said 'Okay, now give it back!' I said “Chuck, you’re not an Indian giver!' 'No, I’m not!' He was one of those kind of guys. He would always say to me, 'You got some pretty skin, Richard.' I would just say, 'Shut up, Chuck. Next joke!'"