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Chicago’s Chess Records Studios at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue

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Marion ‘Little Walter’ Jacobs

Little Walter. One of the revolutionary harmonica blues players. 1930-1968

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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.

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Chess Records founder Phil Chess, Etta James and record producer Ralph Bass pose for a portrait at Chess Records Studios in Chicago, Illinois in 1960.

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Leonard Chess with future stars ... Leonard Chess (March 12, 1917 - October 16, 1969) was a record company executive and the founder of Chess Records. He was influential in the development of electric blues.

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Little Walter Posters | Walter went on to tour with Muddy's band and record with it as well, mostly for Chess Records, the immigrant dream of two Polish brothers who had renamed themselves Chess, Leonard and Phil.

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