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.
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.
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.
Released in 1964, The Rolling Stones’ version of Howlin’ Wolf’s ‘Little Red Rooster’ became the first blues record to top the UK singles chart.
Remastered from the original flat master tape, this new edition features a high quality 150 gram black vinyl pressing.
In 1955, the great blues writer and future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member had his only US singles success in his own name with 'Walking The Blues.'
Rush became one of the key exponents of Chicago's 'West Side' sound and influenced generations of players in the process.
Muddy was the first to record Willie Dixon's future blues classic 'I'm Ready,' on 1 September 1954.
'Wheels Of Fire' introduced the classic ‘White Room’ and other great performances by the rock trio.
In 1956, the great bluesman recorded his commemoration of a Mississippi tragedy.
Willie Dixon's composition was inspired by Esso Gasoline's popular advertising campaign.
After years of toil, the Scottish frontman and his band were en route to the UK album top ten.
The self-titled debut album by the Rolling Stones, released in April 1964, pays tribute to their love of the blues and R&B.
Though a groundbreaking songwriter, when the idiosyncratic Chuck Berry took on the blues, he did it his own way – as an intriguing 1983 compilation proves.