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.
The legendary Muscle Shoals studio defined the sound of Southern soul before becoming one of the go-to studios for the biggest names in music.
Soul covers of The Great American Songbook have added a gospel-derived power and dancefloor-driven sexiness to these timeless standards.
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.
The British vocalist has enjoyed huge solo success in a remarkable career with connections to The Beatles, the Small Faces, Robert Palmer and others.
Start your journey into one of the most influential labels in music with our list of the best Chess albums to own on vinyl.
A masterpiece in every sense, ‘Tell Mama’ sees Etta James singing with a depth of emotion that brings every single song to life.
If the Blues is about love and loss then Etta James recorded the soundtrack. She was the greatest female vocalist ever to record for Chess Records and her catalogue of recordings is...
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.
‘The Wallflower,’ much better known as ‘Dance With Me Henry,’ entered Billboard’s R&B chart a few weeks after Etta’s 17th birthday.
Son of Chess Records co-founder Leonard Chess, Marshall Chess offers an exclusive guide to the Chicago label that helped invent rock’n’roll.
From the first flushes of romance, to heartbreak, loss and lust, the love song puts emotions to words – and music – remaining a core part of our lives.
From blues and jazz to rock'n'roll and soul, here are the 50 best Chess Records singles to discuss and debate, but mainly to hear and consider.
uDiscover Music's playlist tribute to an artist who had one of the definitive R&B-blues voices.
The Mack Gordon and Harry Warren song was already nearly 20 years old when Etta cut it for her debut album.