Rotary Connection

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Rotary Connection | Jazz Music Archives | tc148

Rotary Connection was formed in 1966 by Marshall Chess, who wanted to focus on music outside of the blues and rock genres, which had made the Chess label popular. Rotary Connection were Charles Stepney and members of a rock group called the Proper Strangers: Bobby Simms, Mitch Aliotta, and Ken Venegas. Sidney Barnes, a songwriter within the Chess organization, also joined, with Judy Hauff and Minnie Riperton, who was a receptionist at Chess. Phil Upchurch and drummer Morris Jennings completed the band.

One of Chess’ most expensive projects, with many tracks featuring the full Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the finished album was not easy to program on radio.

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