Happy birthday to us

Today is Chess Treasures’ fifth birthday.

The web site is popular; the page hits figures tell only part of the story, for there are also a large number of people who subscribe to the web site.

At the moment I am working on an A to Z of US Chess group singles. That will take around 10-12 weeks to complete.

I’d like to thank all readers, subscribers, followers and contributors for their help and continued support for Chess Treasures. Thank you!



Eddie Chamblee


Eddie Chamblee | Be Bop Wino | tc492

Premium label recording artiste Edwin “Eddie” Leon Chamblee was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 24 February 1920 and died on 1 May 1999. He was nicknamed Eddie “Long Gone” Chamblee and was a tenor and alto saxophonist and occasional vocalist who moved to Chicago in his youth. He studied law at Chicago State University. From 1941 to 1946 he played in US Forces bands. He is closely associated with Lionel Hampton, Amos Millburn and Lowell Fulsom.

Miff Mole


Miff Mole | Bix Beiderbecke.com | tc491

Jazz trombonist and band leader Irving Milfred “Miff” Mole was born on 11 March 1898 and died on 29 April 1961 after a long period of ill health. He is known to have been a major influence on bandleaders Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller, and is closely associated with many of the leading orchestras of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. He recorded for Premium Records in 1950.

Terry Timmons


Terry Timmons | Collection of Robert Pruter/Clemson/Copyright control | tc489

Singer Teresa Walker (Terry Timmons) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on April 12, 1927 and died on 3 August 1970, aged 43.

She was discovered by Paul Gayten and became a singer with his band. She moved to Chicago and became a singer with Memphis Slim’s band The Houserockers.

Thanks to Marc for finding the video.

More Chess Vinyl coming out

A new Chess Records reissue series has been announced by Third Man Records, the label and pressing plant run by Jack White.

The first releases from Chess/Third Man are three singles from Muddy Waters: ‘Manish Boy’ b/w ‘Young Fashioned Ways’, ’She’s All Right’ b/w ‘Sad, Sad Day’, and ‘Rollin’ Stone’ b/w ‘Walking Blues’.

The 7”s are available individually or as part of a limited bundle. A reissue of Muddy Waters’ 1968 LP Electric Mud has also been announced, with no release date revealed as yet.

The singles are available from Third Man