Welcome back my friends, I’m The Uncle Marty, on installment number 562 of The 3D RadioActivity. We have been taking a look at the history of some fabled studios over the past few episodes, starting in Memphis to visit Sun and Stax. Now we head north to Chicago, where Chess was established in 1950 focusing on Blues and RnB. Over time it expanded into soul, gospel, early rock and roll, comedy, and occasionally jazz, released on their label and subsidiaries Argo and Cadet. Established and run by Leonard and Phil Chess, two Jewish brothers from Poland, the company produced and released many discs to become regarded as “America’s greatest Blues label.” The 2120 S. Michigan building was immortalized by the Rolling Stones song of that name recorded there. Now it’s the home of Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation. Join us as we take a walk with him down that famous Avenue.
Until we meet again, Keep Rockin’ On!
“It’s not true I had nothing on, I had the radio on.”