Legends never die, right? Despite his death in March, guitar god Chuck Berry still has music on the way, and his first-ever music video to show for it. Berry’s posthumous album Chuck is slated for release in June, and the single “Big Boys” from that record is, so far, his only song to have an official video.
That might seem strange in the modern age, but consider this: Berry’s last studio album was Rock It in 1979. The familiar era of marketing and music videos arguably didn’t begin until the launch of MTV in 1981, so the bulk of Berry’s discography missed that boat.
The video itself plays like a deleted scene from Grease or Back to the Future in all its 50s high school glory. Berry himself doesn’t appear, although an actor does play a younger version of Chuck on the guitar. Speaking of which, the guy still sounds phenomenal! Chuck was recorded sometime in the last few years of Berry’s life, but even in his late 80s he could sing and play just as easy as ringing a bell.
Chuck is set for release on June 16, and pre-orders are available now. Featuring 10 new tracks, perhaps the most tantalizing one is “Lady B. Goode” – Berry’s sequel to the 1958 smash hit “Johnny B. Goode”. While you wait for that record, check out the video for “Big Boys” below.