Little Walter single-handedly fashioned the stylistic approach for harmonica which has been emulated by virtually every blues harmonica player.
Just a few of the greats, whose influence spans continents, genres, and generations.
On April 14, 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.
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.
Fifty songs that were part of rhythm and blues heritage but which didn’t fully find a mainstream audience until they were remade.
Walter Jacobs and his band the Jukes entered Billboard's Most Played In Juke Boxes chart on January 2, 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.
Credited to Little Walter & his Night Cats, the song was the first chart entry by the singer and distinctive harmonica man.
September 7 was a notable date in both their early and late chart history, with 'My Babe' and 'Give It To The People.'
Muddy was the first to record Willie Dixon's future blues classic 'I'm Ready,' on September 1, 1954.
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.
After his self-titled breakthrough, the trailblazer from McComb, Mississippi was a hot property on the US R&B singles chart.
Start your journey into one of the most influential labels in music with our list of the best Chess albums to own on vinyl.
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.
Cotton also collaborated with a remarkable array of stars of both rock and blues, including Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin and B.B. King.