Chess Records laid the foundation for rock’n’roll, and its influence can still be felt today, as this guide to the 10 best Chess blues records shows.
Little Walter single-handedly fashioned the stylistic approach for harmonica which has been emulated by virtually every blues harmonica player.
We present 50 songs that were part of rhythm and blues heritage but which didn’t fully find a mainstream audience until they were remade.
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.
Walter Jacobs and his band the Jukes entered Billboard's Most Played In Juke Boxes chart on 2 January 1954 with 'You're So Fine.'
The songs that influenced The Rolling Stones most have all come from the blues tradition – as the ‘Confessin’ The Blues’ compilation reveals.
During the phenomenally eventful years of 1965-67, the studio changed for musicians & producers from being a place of work to becoming a creative hub.
Mick Jagger's favourite harmonica player was sitting at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B chart for 4 October 1952 with a landmark instrumental.
Muddy was the first to record Willie Dixon's future blues classic 'I'm Ready,' on 1 September 1954.
After his self-titled breakthrough, the trailblazer from McComb, Mississippi was a hot property on the US R&B singles chart.
On 14 April 1951, the great bluesman hit the Billboard R&B chart with the song that he later said was his absolute favourite among all his recordings.
Start your journey into one of the most influential labels in music with our list of the best Chess albums to own on vinyl.
We’ve compiled our top 10 Chicago blues artists, many of whom first emerged from the clubs in the black neighbourhoods on Chicago’s south side.
James Cotton, one of the most respected of blues harmonica players, who toured with Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, died on 16 March, 2017 at the age of 81.
Little Walter recorded Blue and Lonesome in 1959; it would prove to be the inspiration for The Rolling Stones album of blues classics.