CHESS
RECORDS

 Independent label: Chess Records was one of the premier blues labels of the 1950s and 60s, also releasing R&B, soul, jazz, gospel and rock. Chess released records by every major blues artist in Chicago, including John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry and many others. Brothers Leonard and Phil Chess emigrated from Poland to the United States in 1928. In the 1940s they owned the upscale Macomba nightclub in Chicago's Southside neighborhood and several other bars. Blues artists performed regularly at The Macomba, and the Chess brothers realized they were not being recorded. They bought in to the small R&B label Aristocrat Records in 1947, then bought out the remaining partners in 1949 and changed the name to Chess in 1950. Chess flourished; later, in the Rock 'n' Roll era, it brought Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley to the world. The early '60s saw a move into Soul music, but the latter part of that decade was a time of gradual decline: the label's talent leaked away and was not replaced.  The Chess brothers sold the label to General Recorded Tape in 1969; in August 1975 what remained of it was sold to All Platinum Records, of New Jersey, and it was reduced to a reissue label.  The 1960s incarnation of Chess in Britain was handled by Pye; it issued singles in a CRS-8000 series and lasted from c.1965-c.69.  The 1970s version was distributed first by Philips and then by that company's purpose-made distribution arm, Phonodisc.   Early '70s issues had a paper label; later ones were injection Thanks to Robert Lyons for the info. Manufactured And Distributed By Philips And Phonodisc Records.

  
  
72 Dells Love We Had Stays On My Mind CHESS 6145 001
72 Diddley Bo I Said Shut Up Woman CHESS 6145 002
72 James Etta Out On The Street Again CHESS 6145 003
72 Lewis Ramsey Wade In The Water CHESS 6145 004
72 Not Traced CHESS 6145 005
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72 Berry Chuck Rock And Roll Mucic CHESS 6145 007
72 Dells It'S All Up To You CHESS 6145 008
72 Fontella Bass Rescue Me CHESS 6145 009
72 Lovejoy Joy In Orbit CHESS 6145 010
72 Various Artist Genesis - The Beginnings Of Rock CHESS 6145 011
72 Berry Chuck Down The Road Apiece CHESS 6145 012
72 Lewis Ramsey The In Crowd CHESS 6145 013
72 Not Traced CHESS 6145 014
72 Detroit Emeralds Do Me Right CHESS 6145 015
72 James Etta Tell Mama CHESS 6145 016
72 Stewart Billy Sitting In The Park CHESS 6145 017
72 Taylor Ko Ko Valvet Love CHESS 6145 018
72 Berry Chuck My Ding-A-Ling CHESS 6145 019
73 Berry Chuck Reelin' And Rockin CHESS 6145 020
73 Kolettes Who'S That Guy CHESS 6145 021
73 Dells Run For Cover CHESS 6145 022
73 Not Traced CHESS 6145 023
73 Charles Bobby See You Later Alligator CHESS 6145 024
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73 Berry Chuck South Of The Border CHESS 6145 027
74 Not Traced CHESS 6145 028
74 Dells I Miss You CHESS 6145 029
74 Clarke Tony Landslide CHESS 6145 030
74 Dells Sing A Rainbow Medley CHESS 6145 031
74 Not Traced CHESS 6145 032
74 James Etta Out On The Street Again CHESS 6145 033
74 Not Traced CHESS 6145 034
74 Free Spirit Love You Just As Long As I Can CHESS 6145 035
75 Downing Al I'Ll Be Holding On CHESS 6145 036
75 Dells Bring Back My Love CHESS 6145 037
75 Berry Chuck Shake Rattle And Roll CHESS 6145 038

74 Ray Stevens The Streak CHESS 6146 201

76 Berry Chuck Sweet Little Rock N Roller CHESS 6198 080
 
76 Wilson Reuben Got To Get Your Own CHESS 6078 700
76 Ramsey Lewis Trio The "In" Crowd  CHESS 6078 701
76 Not Traced CHESS 6078 702
76 Not Traced CHESS 6078 703
77 Fontella Bass Rescue Me  CHESS 6078 704
77 Not Traced CHESS 6078 705
77 Not Traced CHESS 6078 706
77 Berry Chuck Sweet Little Sixteen CHESS 6078 707
77 Not Traced CHESS 6078 708
78 Fontaine Eddie Nothin´Shakin´ CHESS 6078 709
  

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