Travelling with Chris Barber’s jazz band, Muddy Waters’ first UK tour found him playing “pure” and “uninhibited” blues to devoted crowds.
Ten records from the label and artists that helped define early rock’n’roll.
In 1968, Muddy Waters took the blues in a new direction with 'Electric Mud' and managed to influence the likes of Chuck D to Jimi Hendrix in the process.
Chuck’s live LP entered the UK chart on October 5, 1963, on its way to becoming his first Top 10 album there.
A collection of 50s singles, ‘Moanin’ In The Moonlight’ brought all of Howlin’ Wolf’s best qualities together: “a tail dragon with a voice like an angel”.
Credited to Little Walter & his Night Cats, the song was the first chart entry by the singer and distinctive harmonica man.
The prolific blues writer had his only hit in his own name with a song he didn’t write himself.
A treasured Chess Records artist made her R&B chart debut on September 5, 1960.
Recorded at Chess Studios, this EP paid homage to their blues roots and established their sound.
The patience of the young R&B singer was rewarded on August 21, 1961, with an LP named after one of most famous songs.
The first hit by the rock’n’roll originator resides proudly in both the Grammy and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.
Though a groundbreaking songwriter, when the idiosyncratic Chuck Berry took on the blues, he did it his own way – as an intriguing 1983 compilation proves.
For Chuck's first recording session, he tried to hide his identity from his disapproving and highly religious father.
Chess Records laid the foundation for rock’n’roll, and its influence can still be felt today, as this guide to the 10 best Chess blues records shows.
The song wasn't a chart entry for Chuck, but would win notoriety when the up-and-coming Rolling Stones chose to cover it as their first single in 1963.