‘At The Pershing: But Not For Me’ became one of the biggest records in the history of Chess Records. Ahmad Jamal recalls how it happened.
More than just the man that discovered Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips know the roots of American music better than most, having grown up in the Deep South.
'See You Later, Alligator,' written by Robert Guidry, seized on a catchphrase of the era and became a rock'n'roll favorite.
The blues singer-writer’s consistent success wasn’t going to be ending anytime soon.
The Chess label more than held its own against the likes of Motown and Stax – as this run-down of the 10 best Chess soul records of all time shows.
Released in 1964, The Rolling Stones’ version of Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Little Red Rooster’ became the first blues record to top the UK singles chart.
A controversial album for both Howlin’ Wolf and his fans, ‘The Howlin’ Wolf Album’ remains a fascinating listen.
Minnie Riperton is best known for her single ‘Lovin’ You’, but the songs she recorded during her Chess years remain highlights in her career as well.
Beloved soul singer Minnie Riperton is a household name among soul fans, but her early alias, Andrea Davis, puzzled many Chess Records collectors for years.
From John Lee Cooker to Kansas Joe McCoy going by Hamfoot Ham, learn why some of the greats did so much recording under blues nicknames.
After a seven-year chart absence, the novelty song ‘My Ding-A-Ling’ finally gave Chuck a No.1.
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.
When African-American innovators of the 50s met Black Power and Flower Power head on, the psychedelic blues was born.