May 16, 1998
Chess Records co-founders Phil Chess and his late brother Leonard, Leonard’s son Marshall, and the late harmonica player Junior Wells are inducted into the Association for Independent Music (AFIM) Independent Music Hall of Fame…
|Leonard, Marshall and Phil Chess|
Leonard and Phil Chess, two Polish born immigrants, founded Chess Records the pre-eminent Blues label of the 50s and 60s.Eventually they created a monopoly of Chicago music recording, doing sessions and releasing recordings by every major blues performer from John Lee Hooker, Elmore James, "King of the Slide Guitar", to Bo Diddley through Jimmy Reed, Chuck Berry and everyone in between.
Marshall Chess departed from Chess Records in 1970 after the death of his father. He was hired as the founding president of Rolling Stones Records label for the English rock group he had known since the mid 1960s when the band had used Chess studios in Chicago to record songs while touring the United States.
NOTE: Phil and Leonard Chess were both inducted (as non-performers) to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and The Blues Hall of Fame 1995...
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