On January 3, 1950, Sam Phillips opened Memphis Recording Service at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, later to be known to the world as Sun Studio.
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.
Penned by Willie Dixon, Otis Rush’s song has inspired rip-roaring versions from both Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.
Start your journey into one of the most influential labels in music with our list of the best Chess albums to own on vinyl.
It was R&B Top 10 hit number five for the man from Inverness, Mississippi.
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 late, revered R&B vocal stylist Bobby 'Blue' Bland will be honoured with the unveiling of a life-size statue in Memphis, Tennessee on 12 May 2017.
John Mayall, Elvin Bishop, the partners in Malaco Records and a Mamie Smith classic will be among the inductees into the Blues Hall of Fame for 2016.
The complete Stax Volt Soul Singles box set is 213 tracks of some fabulous soul music along with some great blues records.
Don Davis, the Detroit-based producer, who passed away at the age of 75 but leaves some fine recorded work behind, especially with vocalist Johnnie Taylor.