The Chess Records Story

A series tracing the story of the Chess Records label and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by Marshall Chess, son of co-founder Leonard Chess.

The Chicago-based label was home to many iconic artists, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Episodes

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Marshall Chess begins the story of the Chicago record label.

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Marshall Chess begins the story of the Chicago record label.

Marshall Chess tells the story of the Chicago record label.

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The first part of a series tracing the story Chess Records and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by co-founder Leonard Chess's son Marshall. The Chicago-based label was home to many blues, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll artists including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and many, many more. The labels output was a big influence onThe Rolling Stones, who also recorded there.

First broadcast in 2000 and repeated as part of BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates 50 Years of The Rolling Stones.

Marshall Chess begins the story of the Chicago record label.

First broadcast in 2000.

First broadcast in 2000 and repeated as part of our rock 'n' roll season.

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Marshall Chess concludes the story of the Chicago record label.

Marshall Chess tells the story of the Chicago record label.

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The second part of a series tracing the story Chess Records and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by co-founder Leonard Chess's son Marshall. The Chicago-based label was home to many blues, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll artists including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and many, many more. This episode includes tales of the mighty Howlin' Wolf and the visit to the Chess studio by the Rolling Stones.

First broadcast in 2000.

First broadcast in 2000 and repeated as part of our rock 'n' roll season.

Marshall Chess concludes the story of the Chicago record label.

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Marshall Chess concludes the story of the Chicago record label.

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The second part of a series tracing the story Chess Records and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by co-founder Leonard Chess's son Marshall. The Chicago-based label was home to many blues, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll artists including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and many, many more. This episode includes tales of the mighty Howlin' Wolf and the visit to the Chess studio by the Rolling Stones.

First broadcast in 2000.

The second part of a series tracing the story Chess Records and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by co-founder Leonard Chess's son Marshall. The Chicago-based label was home to many blues, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll artists including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and many, many more. This episode focuses on the mighty Howlin' Wolf and the visit to the Chess studio by the Rolling Stones.

First broadcast 2000 and repeated as part of BBC Radio 6 Music Celebrates 50 Years of The Rolling Stones.

Marshall Chess concludes the story of the Chicago record label.

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A series tracing the story of the Chess Records label and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by Marshall Chess, son of co-founder Leonard Chess.

The Chicago-based label was home to many iconic artists, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and Sonny Boy Williamson.

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Marshall Chess begins the story of the Chicago record label.

The first part of a series tracing the story Chess Records and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by co-founder Leonard Chess's son Marshall. The Chicago-based label was home to many blues, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll artists including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and many, many more.

First broadcast in 2000.

6M0220080723

This episode focuses on the mighty Howlin' Wolf and the visit to the Chess studio by the Rolling Stones.

6M0220110504

Marshall Chess continues the story of the Chicago record.

The second part of a series tracing the story Chess Records and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by co-founder Leonard Chess's son Marshall. The Chicago-based label was home to many blues, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll artists including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and many, many more. This episode focuses on the mighty Howlin' Wolf and the visit to the Chess studio by the Rolling Stones.

First broadcast 2000.

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This episode focuses on Chuck Berry and songwriter and bass player Willie Dixon.

6M0320110505

The second part of a series tracing the story Chess Records and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by co-founder Leonard Chess's son Marshall. The Chicago-based label was home to many blues, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll artists including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and many, many more. This episode focuses on Chuck Berry and songwriter and bass player Willie Dixon.

First broadcast in 2000.

Marshall Chess continues the story of the Chicago record.

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This episode focuses on harmonica virtuoso Little Walter, Buddy Guy, the great Bo Diddley and the label's move towards soul music.

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Marshall Chess concludes the story of the Chicago record.

The final part of a series tracing the story Chess Records and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by co-founder Leonard Chess's son Marshall. The Chicago-based label was home to many blues, rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll artists including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Sonny Boy Williamson and many, many more. This episode focuses on harmonica virtuoso Little Walter, Buddy Guy, the great Bo Diddley and the label's move towards soul music.

First broadcast in 2000.