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Chess Records royalty: Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. Some of the core riffs created by them and others were the basis of a wide amount of Rock n' Roll. Many or their (and labelmate Chuck Berry's) songs were copied by many famous Rock n' Roll bands and artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Eric Clapton.


Luther "Snake Boy" Johnson (August 30, 1934 – March 18, 1976) was a Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was also known as Luther "Snake" Johnson or Luther "Georgia Boy" Johnson, and was otherwise billed as both Luther King and Little Luther (under the latter he recorded for Chess Records in the 1960s). A man of many names and much talent.


Willie Dixon: Everyone's go-to bassist, legendary blues songwriter, and Chess Records secret weapon in dealing with competing egos.


Buddy Guy | George "Buddy" Guy is an American blues guitarist and singer. Critically acclaimed, he is a pioneer of the Chicago blues sound and has served as an influence to some of the most notable musicians of his generation, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In the 1960s Guy was a member of Muddy Waters' band and was a house guitarist at Chess Records. He can be heard on Howlin' Wolf's "Killing Floor" and Koko Taylor'...

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Buddy Guy - 100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks

A key influence on Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy put the Louisiana hurricane in 1960s electric Chicago blues as a member of Muddy Waters' band and as a house guitarist at Chess Records.

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Where Did Chicago Get the Blues?

IIn the 1950's Two Polish Imigrants Leonard and Phil Chess opend Chess Records at 2120 S. Michigan Ave. Out of this small little recording studio was born


Sonny Boy Williamson II | He started his professional musical life as a radio DJ in Helena, Arkansas hosting the favorite King Biscuit Time radio show, which is still on the air to this day! He ended up at Chess Records, possibly the most legendary Blues record label to have ever existed.