Another of Chuck's set texts of rock'n'roll was making its presence felt on November 18, 1957.
The British vocalist has enjoyed huge solo success in a remarkable career with connections to The Beatles, the Small Faces, Robert Palmer and others.
A masterpiece in every sense, ‘Tell Mama’ sees Etta James singing with a depth of emotion that brings every single song to life.
‘The Wallflower,’ much better known as ‘Dance With Me Henry,’ entered Billboard’s R&B chart a few weeks after Etta’s 17th birthday.
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.
One of the greatest independent labels in history, the music of Chess Records still sounds revolutionary.
The Mack Gordon and Harry Warren song was already nearly 20 years old when Etta cut it for her debut album.
Rod's years on Mercury Records provided him with some of his best material, and some of the best fun he ever had.
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.
A tribute to the man who co-wrote the Rolling Stones' first US top ten hit as well as 'Piece Of My Heart,' 'Stay With Me Baby' and so much more.
If you haven’t heard Albert King’s ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, it’s time for a change of luck. Go ahead, listen. It’ll make your day.
Canceled amid COVID-19, the legendary festival celebrates its 54th year with 16 nights of full, streaming concerts from its vaults.
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...
A tribute to a uniquely soulful artist who had one of the definitive R&B-blues voices.
Everyone knows the heavy-hitting classics, but Motown’s output was so good there are tons of overlooked 70s albums you need to know.
As a lifelong student of rock’n’roll and the genre’s most vocal evangelist, Steven Van Zandt’s 'Soulfire' represented his dedication to the form.