Andrew Tibbs


Andrew Tibbs | Uncle Marv | tc068

Melvin Andrew Grayson (Andrew Tibbs) was born on February 2, 1929 and died on May 5, 1991. He was one of the early signings to Aristocrat Records. His debut single was the controversial “Bilbo Is Dead” recorded whilst Tibbs was eighteen years old, in 1947. He left Chess records in 1950. He quit music to work in industry but leaves behind a small catalogue of recordings ranging from tender ballads to rockers.

Clarence Samuels


Clarence Samuels | Google Archive restoration | tc069

Now almost forgotten, Clarence Samuels was a blues singer who was born in Baton Rouge on October 30, 1923, moved to New Orleans in 1943, and died on May 21, 2002. Samuels made his first recordings for Aristocrat (Chess) in Chicago in 1947 and 1948. He was associated with the band leader Roy Brown of “Good rocking tonight” fame. He and Brown also performed as “The Blues Twins”. He recorded for a number of labels and made his final recording in 1966.

Updated 14 July 2019

Fred Hughes


Fred Hughes | Sir Shambling | tc070

Fred Hughes, the Chicago singer, is often confused with Freddie Hughes, of California. The Cadet singles “Baby don’t go” and “Can’t make it without you” were recorded by Fred who moved to Chess after Veejay Records and another smaller label folded, recorded two singles for Chess, then moved to Brunswick. We do not have any biographical information for Fred Hughes. Can anyone help, please?

Edgar Campbell and Ernest Johnson – Eddie and Ernie


Eddie and Ernie | Ace Records | tc071

William Edgar Campbell (“Eddie”) was born on 23rd December 1940 and died on 10th July 1994. With the late Ernest Johnson (“Ernie”), who was born on 22nd October 1943 and died on 20 August 2005, he formed the duo Eddie and Ernie. On some issues the same recordings are credited as being by Eddie and Ernie. On the tracks, Edgar Campbell also plays lead guitar.

Barbara Carr


Barbara Carr | Dragan Tasic | tc072

Barbara Carr was born on January 9, 1941 and is a soul and blues singer who recorded for Chess for a short time in the 1960s. She is best known for her recording of “Don’t knock love”. She continues to perform and has received awards which include the Living Blues Readers Award as ‘Female Blues Artist of the Year’ and has been nominated for a Blues Music Award in the ‘Soul Blues Female Artist’ category.

Billy Young


Billy Young | Public domain | tc073

Soul singer William D. “Billy” Young was born on May 25, 1941 and died on 18th August 1999. He only released one record on Chess, “Have pity on me” and “You left the water running”, which was recorded in 1966. He was based in Macon, Georgia and came to the notice of local legends Otis Redding and Phil Walden. Mr Young’s subsequent recordings, for Mercury, Nothing’s Too Much (Nothing’s Too Good) b/w Too Much and A Year, A Month, A Day b/w Let Them Talk were both produced and arranged by Otis Redding, who was a conscientous mentor. A number of singles were leased to various companies for national distribution but with limited success. Young took an active part in politics and his community until his death.

Jo Ann Garrett


Jo Ann Garrett | Chess Records | tc074

Jo Ann Garrett was born on March 3, 1949 in Chicago. She passed a singing audition in 1966 and her first record, Stay by my side, was recorded at Universal Studio, Chicago. Chess heard the recording and picked it up for national distribution. Her subsequent records were recorded at Chess. These included a recording with The Dells, You can’t come in. There was another recording with The Dells, and Garrett worked with producer Andre Williams. Andre Williams and Jo Ann Garrett left Chess at the end of 1967. She was back with them for a short while in the early 1970s and then left the music business. Jo Ann Garrett is also known under the names Jo Ann Garth and Jo Anne Worley.

Updated 1 April 2014