Death announced of King Fleming

Chess Treasures is sad to learn of the death of King Fleming, on 1st April 2014.

Chicago Tribune obituary

Bobby Hebb


Bobby Hebb | Collection of Bill Root | tc375

Robert Von “Bobby” Hebb was born on July 26, 1938 and died on August 3, 2010 from lung cancer. He made one single for Cadet Records, “Woman in the window/I was a boy when you needed a man”. He is best known for his 1966 recording of “Sunny”. Although best known as a soul and R&B singer, he started out as a country music performer, and returned to country music before he died.


Bobby Hebb | Pinterest | tc378

Guardian obituary for Bobby Hebb

Chess Records lives again!


The CD Cover | tc418

The Chess label trademark has reappeared on a new CD featuring rock musicians , “Wilko Johnson and Roger Daltrey, Going Back Home”. Recorded in a week with producer Dave Eringa and Johnson’s touring band, its 11 tracks include 10 Johnson compositions.

“Going Back Home” is not going to win awards for innovation, but it’s feisty fun and a rousing testament to a distinctive figure in British rock history, writes Jill Lawless on The Jackson Sun.

Bullmoose Jackson


Bullmoose Jackson | Beebopwinorrip | tc377

Saxophonist Benjamin Clarence “Bullmoose” Jackson was born in 1919 and died on on July 31, 1989. He switched to the saxophone after first learning the violin. He formed his first band in his teens and had a number of rhythm and blues hits in the 1940s and 1950s. He was signed to the Marterry Label, which became Argo and then Cadet, in 1956, but did not stay with Chess for long. We are not aware of US release numbers for his recordings for Marterry. He is best known for his earlier recordings for the King label.

Wayne Walker


Wayne Walker LP cover | Discussions Magazine Music Blog | tc419

Country music singer and composer Wayne Paul Walker was born on December 13, 1925 and died on January 2, 1979. He was born in Oklahoma but moved eventually to Shreveport and became a regular on the long running radio programme the Louisiana Hayride. He recorded on his own and in this one-off duet with singer Jimmy Lee. By 1956 Walker was enjoying considerable success as a song writer and he has more than 500 published songs.

The Seminoles


The Seminoles | Reflections Music | tc420

Very little information is available about The Seminoles, who were a vocal group from Detroit. The lead singer is thought to have been Joey Finazzo (rear in the picture) and the other group members are known as Andy, Al, and Paul (front left to right) but no surnames for them have been found. They were associated with Roquel “Billy” Davis before he moved to Chess Records, and he took them with him. We are not aware of US release numbers for their material. The group then split up.

Joey Finazzo is better known as a member of the Reflections who has also sung with the Four Seasons and other groups and is still active but no biographical details are currently available.

Jimmy Lee and Johnny Mathis


Jimmy Lee and Johnny Mathis | RCS | tc421

Country music pioneer Jimmy Lee Fautheree, pictured above with singing and recording partner Johnny “Country” Mathis, was born on April 11, 1934 and died on June 29, 2004, of cancer. He first came to prominence as a member of the radio series Louisiana Hayride. He left the music business in 1970 to work in asbestos removal. Singer and songwriter Johnny “Country” Mathis was born on September 28, 1933 and died on September 27, 2011 after a number of years of poor health following a stroke.

You will note the songwriting credit on the record label featured in the video of “S Lewis”. This is understood to be the famous Stan “The Record Man” Lewis, song writer and record producer/record distributor, of Shreveport, Louisiana.

The Chess country 78s were made in 1954.