George Thorogood remembers Chess

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George Thorogood’s CD, “2120 South Michigan Avenue,” issued in 2011, is his tribute to the blues and early rock ‘n’ roll artists who recorded for the legendary Chess Records label in the 1950s and 1960s.

Having songs on “2120 South Michigan Avenue” from Wolf, Berry and Diddley was pretty much a requirement for Thorogood. Those three Chess labelmates were cornerstone artists for Thorogood as he was cutting his teeth playing clubs near his Delaware home base in the early 1970s.

“I dug the other ones [on Chess Records],” he says. “I listened to Muddy Waters a lot. I listened to Little Walter a lot … But it was Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley that really fascinated me. I listen to Bo Diddley and [was impressed by] how much distance he made with one chord in a career.

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