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Chuck Berry releasing new album at age 90

Chuck Berry performs at the Congress Theater on Jan. 1, 2011 in Chicago. (Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)

Timothy Hiatt

ST. LOUIS -- Ninety-year-old rock ‘n’ roll legend Chuck Berry is set to release his first new studio album in more than 35 years.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Berry’s album, titled “Chuck,” will be available in 2017.

The album was recorded in St. Louis-area studios and will feature mostly original work by Berry, who turned 90 on Tuesday.

Jimmy Marsala, a bassist in Berry’s longtime band, suggests the new album took so long to come together because Berry wanted to make sure it lived up to everyone’s expectations. His last studio album was “Rock It” in 1979.

Spokesman Joe Edwards says the new album is a gift to his fans. According to Edwards, Berry is likely retired from touring, but anything can happen.