Rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry dies at 90, new music to be released
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Chuck Berry, the rock 'n' roll founder who defined its joy and rebellion in "Johnny B. Goode" and other classics, has died in St. Charles County, Missouri, west of St. Louis. He was 90.
St. Charles county police say they responded to a medical emergency Saturday afternoon and found Berry unresponsive. He could not be revived and was pronounced dead.
Berry hit the Top 10 in 1955 with "Maybellene" and went on to influence generations of musicians. Among his other hits were "Johnny B. Goode" and "Roll Over Beethoven."
Fans mourning Chuck Berry's death can look forward to an album of mostly new material expected this year.
Friend and club owner Joe Edwards said he's heard the new album Berry announced in October. Edwards called it "sensational."
Edwards owns the St. Louis club where Berry performed regularly and said he'll miss his friend tremendously.
The first single off the new album was scheduled before Berry's death to be released in the next few weeks.
Funeral arrangements hadn't been announced Sunday.
One of Berry's representatives, Matt Hanks, said he didn't have any new information about the release plans for the "Chuck" album.