Doctor Ross and his Jump and Jive Boys

Singer, guitarist, harmonica player, drummer, and one-man band Charles Isaiah Ross was born on October 21, 1925 and died on May 28, 1993. Often compared with John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson in style, he made a number of recordings for Sun Records in the 1950s which were released on the Chess label. He subsequently moved to Detroit where he worked for General Motors and recorded for other labels.

In the early 1970s he toured London and Europe, recording for Blue Horizon records and others. In 1981 his album “Rare blues” was awarded a Grammy.

This is the same person as Dr Isaiah Ross.

CD – Jan Bradley – Mama didn’t lie


Jan Bradley CD

Please help! I have been unable to find a track listing for this CD. Can anyone help, please? Thankyou!



Fontella Bass – Rescue me/Soul of the man

The Chess UK singles – one by one

“Rescue me” by Fontella Bass was re-issued on Chess 6145009 in March 1972. It had previously been issued through Pye on CRS 8023. Reissue.

The Dells – Its all up to you/Oh my dear

The Chess UK singles – one by one

“It’s all up to you” by The Dells was issued on Chess 6145008 in April 1972. US Pop 94, US R&B 23.

Chuck Berry – Johnny B Goode/Rock and Roll Music/School Days

The Chess UK singles – one by one

This extended three-track single was released on Chess 6145007 in March 1972. Reissue.

Berry’s back

Chuck Berry | Uncredited and undated photo | 16483ch

Chuck Berry chose his 90th birthday to announce his first album in almost four decades. The album, “Chuck”, will consist mainly of original songs written, recorded and produced by himself. Berry made the surprise announcement on Tuesday, his birthday.

“This record is dedicated to my beloved Toddy,” said Berry in a statement, referring to his wife of 68 years. “My darlin’ I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!” he added.

Phil Chess RIP


Phil Chess | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty | 16482

Phil Chess, who co-founded the legendary label Chess Records with his brother Leonard and helped make Chicago the epicenter of the blues, died Wednesday at his home in Tucson, Arizona, his nephew Craig Glicken confirmed. He was 95 and had been in good health.

Born Fiszel Czyż in Poland in 1921, Chess’ family immigrated to Chicago and changed their last name to Chess in 1928. After a stint in the army, in 1950 Chess joined his brother Leonard – who purchased a stake of Aristocrat Records – in the music business. Their label was eventually renamed Chess Records.

Today, Buddy Guy told the Chicago Sun-Times: “Phil and Leonard Chess were cuttin’ the type of music nobody else was paying attention to – Muddy, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Sonny Boy, Jimmy Rogers, I could go on and on – and now you can take a walk down State Street today and see a portrait of Muddy that’s 10 stories tall. The Chess Brothers had a lot to do with that. They started Chess Records and made Chicago what it is today, the Blues capital of the world. I’ll always be grateful for that.”

Chess Treasures sends condolences to family, friends and colleagues.

Ramsey Lewis – Wade in the water/Ain’t that peculiar

The Chess UK singles – one by one

Released on Chess 6145004, this was a reissue of CRS 8041. Reissue.

Bo Diddley – I said shut up woman/I love you more than you’ll ever know

The Chess UK singles – one by one

“I said” by Bo Diddley was released in the UK on Chess 6145002 in February 1972. Reissue.

Linda Jones


A Linda Jones CD cover | Last FM | 16456ch

Soul singer Linda Jones was born on December 14, 1944 and died on March 14, 1972. She was associated with the record producer George Kerr for most of her career and the recordings issued on the Gamble and Huff Neptune label distributed by Chess were George Kerr productions. A diabetic, she died aged only 27 when she slipped into a coma at her mothers’ home.

Her biggest success was “Hypnotised” which was recorded in the mid-60s for the Loma label.

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