From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution, with even the most forward-thinking music looking to the past for inspiration.
Who wrote the first ever blues song and what was the first ever recorded blues song? We dig deep to find out the fascinating history of recorded blues.
Home taping in the 80s didn’t necessarily kill the record industry but the cassette format gave a voice to those that the mainstream didn’t always have an ear for.
When The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham got the band to record a cover of Chuck Berry’s ‘Come On’, they made history – and their debut single.
Being ahead of their time, too offbeat for mass consumption, or through plain old bad luck – some artists became wildly influential without becoming household names.
The self-titled debut album by the Rolling Stones, released in April 1964, pays tribute to their love of the blues and R&B.
In 1970, Chuck Berry was back at Chess, where he helped create the very fabric of rock 'n' roll, announcing his return in April with the great single 'Tulane.'
On 7 April 1972, Roy Orbison cut the opening song on his next album, with a full and strident version of Chuck Berry's immortal 'Memphis, Tennessee.'
A Chuck Berry interview to the punk fanzine Jet Lag in 1980 reveals his views on the Sex Pistols, the Clash and the Ramones.
'Almost Grown' hit the US chart on 30 March 1959 for Chuck Berry and reiterated that no one could write about the joy and pain of growing up as he could.
Hailed as the birthplace of both the blues and rock'n'roll, Memphis, Tennessee, is a must-visit city for music lovers around the world.
Powerhouse blues-rock favourites George Thorogood & The Destroyers will be honoured with three special vinyl LP releases from Capitol/UMe on 30 March 2018.
Chuck Berry again displayed his lyrical mastery with the story of acquiring his dream car in 'No Money Down,' which hit the R&B chart on 25 February 1956.
Start your journey into one of the most influential labels in music with our list of the best Chess albums to own on vinyl.
Boasting Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley, Chess Records is synonymous with rock’n’roll – as this list of the 10 best Chess rock’n’roll records proves.