In his February 1956 chart entry, as befits a man who coined the term “motorvatin',” Chuck was once again besotted with automobiles.
A masterpiece in every sense, ‘Tell Mama’ sees Etta James singing with a depth of emotion that brings every single song to life.
One of the great careers in soul music was launched on Smokey's 18th birthday with an answer record.
One of the greatest independent labels in history, the music of Chess Records still sounds revolutionary.
On February 4, 1967, just over six months short of his 50th birthday, John Lee's name appeared on the UK album chart for the first time, with 'House Of The Blues.'
On January 30, 1965, the soul chart made its comeback in the pages of Billboard, and Motown ruled the roost.
‘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.
The film is directed by longtime admirer Beverly Lindsay-Johnson and includes an interview with Little Anthony Gourdine.
'See You Later, Alligator,' written by Robert Guidry, seized on a catchphrase of the era and became a rock 'n' roll favourite.
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’ was a psych-blues experiment that is much more than a novelty listen.
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.