Son of Chess records co-founder Leonard Chess, Marshall Chess gives uDiscover Music an exclusive guide to the Chicago label that helped invent rock’n’roll.
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.
Love makes the world go round, but love also goes round itself, in the grooves of the majority of the greatest pop songs ever made.
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.
Chess Records and its founders, Leonard and Phil Chess, played a bigger part than any other record label in making the blues a worldwide phenomenon.
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.
It's the quintessential blues riff, but what is its strange history? Performed by everyone from Robert Johnson to Elmore James, we trace the song's origins.
In August 1941, John Lomax recorded Muddy Waters with Henry ‘Son’ Sims playing ‘Country Blues’, ‘I Be Troubled’ and ‘Burr Clover Blues’.
By the early 1970s, Humble Pie were undeniably bigger in the US than the UK, but on 22 January 1972 they nudged back into the British charts with the notable live double...
One of the building blocks of rock’n’roll, Willie Dixon’s ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ has been recorded by everyone from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton and Motörhead.
Gregg was born on 8 December 1947 in Nashville, one year the junior of brother Duane, with whom he would co-found the mighty blues-rock institution the Allman Brothers Band.
It was to be the only time that The Rolling Stones ever played on stage with Muddy Waters and it's fitting that it was in Chicago, Muddy’s home for the last 40...
The songs that influenced The Rolling Stones most have all come from the blues tradition – as the ‘Confessin’ The Blues’ compilation reveals.
With ‘Electric Mud’ Muddy Waters took the blues in a new direction and managed to influence everyone from Chuck D to Jimi Hendrix.
Few blues songs have been as frequently covered as ‘Baby Please Don’t Go’; originated by Joe Williams’s Washboard Blues Singers.