In 1956, the great bluesman recorded his commemoration of a Mississippi tragedy.
When African-American innovators of the 50s met Black Power and Flower Power head on, the psychedelic blues was born.
Cotton also collaborated with a remarkable array of stars of both rock and blues, including Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and B.B. King.
Willie Dixon was a fixer, arranger, talent scout, boxer, performer, and songwriter, who did more to shape the sound of post-war Chicago blues than any other.
Many people mistake pop music as disposable. But from the blues to The Beatles, some of the most important artistic statements have been wrapped up in the world’s most popular songs.
This list of the best songs of the 50s celebrates far-ranging sounds that changed music forever.
Start your journey into one of the most influential labels in music with our list of the best Chess albums to own on vinyl.
One of the finest artists on the illustrious Chess label, Howlin’ Wolf shaped the blues, as this playlist of 20 of the best Howlin’ Wolf songs makes clear.
A hypnotic, hugely significant song, Howlin’ Wolf’s recording of ‘Spoonful’ became a blues staple recorded by everyone from Etta James to Cream and beyond.
The blues artists talked, the rockers listened. Without the blues there’d be no rock’n’roll, but these influential blues songs were especially pivotal.
From B.B. King to Muddy Waters, these are some of the best blues albums ever.
From the 20-year rule to stylistic homage and outright appropriation, nostalgia has always played a part in musical evolution.
Just a few of the greats, whose influence spans continents, genres, and generations.
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 love.
The documentary tells the story of first-generation blues performers and the kids who discovered a thrilling world at the end of the radio dial.