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Chess Records was an American record company, founded in 1950 in Chicago and specializing in blues and rhythm and blues. [1]

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Adrien Brody

Adrien Brody (born April 14, 1973) is an American actor and producer.

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Alan Freed

Albert James "Alan" Freed (December 15, 1921 – January 20, 1965) was an American disc jockey.

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Alessandro Nivola

Alessandro Antine Nivola (born June 28, 1972) is an American actor and producer who has starred in feature films such as Face/Off, American Hustle, A Most Violent Year, and a brief appearance in Selma.

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AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG) is an online music guide.

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Argo Records

Argo Records was a record label in Chicago that was established in 1955 as a division of Chess Records.

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Aristocrat Records

Aristocrat Records, sometimes billed as the Aristocrat of Records, was founded in April 1947 by Charles and Evelyn Aron, together with their partners Fred and Mildred Brount and Art Spiegel.

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Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy III (known professionally as Berry Gordy Jr., born November 28, 1929) is an American record executive, record producer, songwriter, film producer and television producer.

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Best of Little Walter

Best of Little Walter is the first LP record by American blues performer Little Walter.

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Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (born September 4, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and businesswoman.

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Billboard (magazine)

Billboard (styled as billboard) is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries.

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Billy Davis (songwriter)

Roquel "Billy" Davis (July 11, 1932 – September 2, 2004), of Detroit, was an American songwriter, record producer, and singer.

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Billy Stewart

William Larry Stewart II (March 24, 1937 – January 17, 1970) was an American rhythm and blues singer and pianist who was popular during the 1960s.

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Blues is a music genre and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century.

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Bo Diddley

Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates, December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the transition from the blues to rock and roll.

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Bo Diddley (1958 album)

Bo Diddley is a compilation album by American rock and roll musician Bo Diddley.

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Cadet Records

Cadet Records was an American record label which began as Argo Records in 1955 as the jazz subsidiary of Chess Records.

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Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records is a 2008 biographical musical drama film written and directed by Darnell Martin.

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Charly Records

Charly Records is a British record label that specialises in reissued material.

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Checker Records

Checker Records is an inactive record label that was started in 1952 as a subsidiary of Chess Records in Chicago, Illinois.

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Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third most populous city in the United States, after New York City and Los Angeles.

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Chuck Berry

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.

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Clemson University

Clemson University is an American public, coeducational, land-grant and sea-grant research university in Clemson, South Carolina.

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Clemson, South Carolina

Clemson is a city in Pickens and Anderson counties in the U.S. state of South Carolina.

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Compilation album

A compilation album comprises tracks, either previously released or unreleased, usually from several separate recordings by either one or several performers.

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Coventry is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England.

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Crossover music

Crossover is a term applied to musical works or performers who appeal to different types of audience, for example (especially in the United States) by appearing on two or more of the record charts which track differing musical styles or genres.

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Cub Koda

Michael "Cub" Koda (October 1, 1948 – July 1, 2000) was an American rock and roll singer, guitarist, songwriter, disc jockey, music critic, and record compiler.

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Darnell Martin

Darnell Martin (born January 7, 1964) is a television and film director, screenwriter, and film producer.

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Doo-wop is a genre of rhythm and blues music that was developed in African-American communities in the East Coast of the United States in the 1940s, achieving mainstream popularity in the 1950s and early 1960s.

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Earth, Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin, and Afro pop.

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Eric Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapton, (born 1945), is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter.

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Etta James

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel.

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Five Blind Boys of Mississippi

The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi was a post-war gospel quartet.

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Fontella Bass

Fontella Marie Bass (July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012) was an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter best known for her 1965 hit, "Rescue Me.".

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Funk is a music genre that originated in African American communities in the mid-1960s when African American musicians created a rhythmic, danceable new form of music through a mixture of soul music, jazz, and rhythm and blues (R&B).

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Geffen Records

Geffen Records is an American major record label owned by Universal Music Group through its Interscope Geffen A&M Records imprint.

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Gene Ammons

Eugene "Jug" Ammons (April 14, 1925 – August 6, 1974), also known as "The Boss", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist.

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General Recorded Tape

General Recorded Tape was an American manufacturer of reel to reel, 8-track and cassette tapes that existed between 1965 and 1979.

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Gospel music

Gospel music is a genre of Christian music.

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Grammy Hall of Fame

The Grammy Hall of Fame is a hall of fame to honor musical recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance.

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Hip-O Records

Hip-O Records is a record label that specializes in reissues and compilations.

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Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs

The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop/Rap Songs is a record chart that ranks the most popular R&B and hip hop songs in the United States and is published weekly by Billboard.

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Howlin' Wolf

Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), known as Howlin' Wolf, was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi.

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Jackie Brenston

Jackie Brenston (August 24, 1928 or 1930Most published sources and the U.S. Social Security Death Index give 1930 as his year of birth. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and reportedly his gravestone give 1928. – December 15, 1979) was an American R&B singer and saxophonist, who recorded, with Ike Turner's band, the first version of the pioneering rock-and-roll song "Rocket 88".

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Janus Records

Janus Records was a record label owned by GRT Records, also known as General Recorded Tape.

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Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime.

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Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright (born December 7, 1965) is an American actor.

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Jerry Zaks

Jerry Zaks (born September 7, 1946) is a German-born American stage and television director, and actor.

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Jews (יְהוּדִים ISO 259-3, Israeli pronunciation) or Jewish people are an ethnoreligious group and a nation, originating from the Israelites Israelite origins and kingdom: "The first act in the long drama of Jewish history is the age of the Israelites""The people of the Kingdom of Israel and the ethnic and religious group known as the Jewish people that descended from them have been subjected to a number of forced migrations in their history" and Hebrews of the Ancient Near East.

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Leonard Caston Jr.

Leonard Caston Jr. (born November 13, 1943) is an American rhythm and blues songwriter, record producer, pianist and singer.

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Leonard Chess

Leonard Chess (March 12, 1917 – October 16, 1969) was an American record company executive and the co-founder of Chess Records.

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Little Walter

Marion Walter Jacobs (May 1, 1930 – February 15, 1968), known as Little Walter, was an American blues musician, singer, and songwriter, whose revolutionary approach to the harmonica and impact on succeeding generations earned comparisons for him to such seminal artists as Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker and Jimi Hendrix.

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Louis Satterfield

Louis Edward Satterfield (April 3, 1937, Shaw, Mississippi, United States – September 27, 2004, Chicago, Illinois), also known with the stage names of Lui-Lui and Sat, was an American bass and trombone player, primarily noted as a session musician and for his tours as a sideman with a large number of highly visible and commercially successful blues rock performers including B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Phil Collins.

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LP record

The LP (from "long playing" or "long play") is an analog sound storage medium, a vinyl record format characterized by a speed of rpm, a 12- or 10-inch (30 or 25 cm) diameter, and use of the "microgroove" groove specification.

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Marshall Chess

Marshall Chess (born 13 March 1942, Chicago, Illinois) is a Jewish American record producer, the son of Leonard Chess who co-founded Chess Records.

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Marv Johnson

Marv Earl Johnson (October 15, 1938 – May 16, 1993) was an American R&B and soul singer, notable for performing on the first record issued by Tamla Records, which later became Motown.

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Maurice White

Maurice White (December 19, 1941 – February 4, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, and bandleader.

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MCA Records

MCA Records was an American record label owned by MCA Inc., which later gave way to the larger MCA Music Entertainment Group (now Universal Music Group), which the label was part of until its dissolution in 2003.

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Michigan Avenue (Chicago)

Michigan Avenue is a north-south street in Chicago which runs at 100 east on the Chicago grid.

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Middle Earth (club)

Middle Earth (formerly Electric Garden Club) was an influential hippie club in London, UK in the mid-to-late 1960s, following on from the UFO Club after it was closed down as a result of police pressure and the imprisonment of its founder John 'Hoppy' Hopkins.

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Mos Def

Yasiin Bey (born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), best known by his stage name Mos Def, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, and activist.

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Motown is an American record company.

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Muddy Waters

McKinley Morganfield (April 4, 1913April 30, 1983), known professionally as Muddy Waters, was an American blues musician who is often cited as the "father of modern Chicago blues".

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My Ding-a-Ling

"My Ding-a-Ling" is a novelty song written and recorded by Dave Bartholomew.

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New York Daily News

The New York Daily News, officially titled Daily News, is an American newspaper based in New York City.

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Peacock Records

Peacock Records was an American record label, started in 1949 by Don Robey in Houston, Texas, United States.

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Pete Cosey

Peter Palus Cosey (October 9, 1943 – May 30, 2012) was an American guitarist who played with Miles Davis' band between 1973 and 1975.

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Phil Chess

Philip Chess (born Fiszel Czyż; March 27, 1921 – October 18, 2016) was an American record producer and company executive, the co-founder with his brother of Chess Records.

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Phil Upchurch

Phil Upchurch (born July 19, 1941, Chicago, Illinois) is an American blues, jazz and R&B guitarist and bassist.

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Phonograph record

A phonograph record (also known as a gramophone record, especially in British English, or record) is an analog sound storage medium in the form of a flat disc with an inscribed, modulated spiral groove.

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Poland (Polska), officially the Republic of Poland (Rzeczpospolita Polska), is a country located in Central Europe.

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Psychedelic rock

Psychedelic rock is a diverse style of rock music inspired, influenced, or representative of psychedelic culture, which is centred around perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs.

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Pye Records

Pye Records was a British record label.

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Ralph Bass

Ralph Bass (1 May 1911 – 5 March 1997), born Ralph Basso, Jr., was an American rhythm-and-blues record producer and talent scout for several independent labels.

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Ramsey Lewis

Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr. (born May 27, 1935) is an American jazz composer, pianist and radio personality.

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Rhythm and blues

Rhythm and blues, commonly abbreviated as R&B, is a genre of popular music that originated in African American communities in the 1940s.

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Rock and roll

Rock and roll (often written as rock & roll or rock 'n' roll) is a genre of popular music that originated and evolved in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950sJim Dawson and Steve Propes, What Was the First Rock'n'Roll Record (1992),.

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Rocket 88

"Rocket 88" (originally written as Rocket "88") is a rhythm and blues song that was first recorded in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 3 or 5, 1951 (accounts differ).

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Rolling Stones Records

Rolling Stones Records was the record label formed by the Rolling Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman in 1970, after their recording contract with Decca Records expired.

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Sam Phillips

Samuel Cornelius Phillips (January 5, 1923 – July 30, 2003) was an American record producer who played an important role in the development of rock and roll during the 1950s.

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Sincerely (song)

"Sincerely" is a popular song written by Harvey Fuqua and Alan Freed and published in 1954.

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Single (music)

In music, a single, record single or music single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record, an album or an EP record.

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Soul music

Soul music (often referred to simply as soul) is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community in the United States in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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Sun Records

Sun Records is an American independent record label founded by Sam Phillips in Memphis, Tennessee in 1950.

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Sun Studio

Sun Studio is a recording studio opened by rock-and-roll pioneer Sam Phillips at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis, Tennessee, on January 3, 1950.

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The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961.

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The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960.

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The Best of Muddy Waters

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The Dells

The Dells were an American R&B vocal group.

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The Flamingos

The Flamingos are a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted doo-wop group from the United States, most popular in the mid- to late 1950s and best known for their 1959 cover version of "I Only Have Eyes for You".

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The Moonglows

The Moonglows were an American R&B group in the 1950s.

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The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London, England, in 1962.

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Tony Award

The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre.

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Universal Music Group

Universal Music Group (also known in the United States as UMG Recordings, Inc. and abbreviated as UMG) is an American global music corporation that is a subsidiary of the French media conglomerate Vivendi.

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Who Do You Love? (2008 film)

Who Do You Love? is a 2008 film that is a biopic of American record producer Leonard Chess (1917-1969).

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Willie Dixon

William James Dixon (July 1, 1915January 29, 1992) was an American blues musician, vocalist, songwriter, arranger and record producer.

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WVON ("The Voice of A Nation") is a radio station licensed to Berwyn, Illinois, serving the Chicago market, which airs an African-American-oriented talk format.

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2120 South Michigan Avenue

"2120 South Michigan Avenue" is an original instrumental by the Rolling Stones recorded for their second EP Five by Five.

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