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Chuck Berry, 86, Promises Recording Comeback
Music legend Chuck Berry has revealed that he is planning a comeback with six new songs at the age of 86.
Berry, a rock pioneer with early hits that included Roll Over Beethoven, Sweet Little Sixteen and Johnny B. Goode, announced the move as he was honoured at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
He told reporters at an award and tribute concert that some of the songs were written 16 years ago.
"As soon as I can get someone to guide me - and I do know a little about the business - I want to push them out," he said.
"I'm going to come back and push them out if you know what I mean, somehow."
Berry gave no more details about the new songs or when they might be released.
"They might be old, but they are the same type of music that I have been playing," he said.
The lineup for Saturday night's tribute concert honouring Berry at the State Theatre included Ernie Isley and Darryl DMC McDaniels, Rick Derringer and Merle Haggard.
Berry, who still performs monthly at a club in suburban St Louis, offered some advice to the performers: "Keep rocking, keep rocking. That's two words. Next word is: Be kind to your fans."
To mark the American Music Masters award presentation, the rock hall has mounted a special exhibition with items including Berry's stage clothes, a guitar and his 1958 Chess Records recording contract.
The hall's new library and archives has a separate exhibit featuring Berry's 1964 British tour programme and a handbill promoting his appearance with the Grateful Dead in 1968.
Past American Music Masters programme honorees include Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin and Woody Guthrie.
Berry, the museum's first inductee in 1986, called the award and enshrinement in the rock hall a great honour.
"You can't get any higher in my profession than this building or this reason for this building," he said.