One of the greatest independent labels in history, the music of Chess Records still sounds revolutionary.
Four mighty strings and 50 mighty players: the best bassists are the ones who carve out signature sounds and play as many memorable licks as the guitarists.
One of the building blocks of rock’n’roll, Willie Dixon’s ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ has been recorded by everyone from Muddy Waters to 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.
The prolific blues writer had his only hit in his own name with a song he didn't write himself.
His third UK top ten album in a year proved just how successfully Mayall had taken blues to the British masses.
Muddy was the first to record Willie Dixon's future blues classic 'I'm Ready,' on September 1, 1954.
'Wheels Of Fire' introduced the classic ‘White Room’ and other great performances by the rock trio.
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.
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.
From fleeting, backstage hangs to longtime creative partnerships, the best musical friendships come in all forms.
In 1956, the great bluesman recorded his commemoration of a Mississippi tragedy.
Penned by Willie Dixon, Otis Rush’s song has inspired rip-roaring versions from both Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.
Long before the Pretenders made 'I Go To Sleep' their own, there was the 1965 version by the great vocal stylist.
Willie Dixon's composition was inspired by Esso Gasoline's popular advertising campaign.