Chuck Berry



Chuck Berry (Charles Edward Anderson Berry), guitarist, singer and songwriter, born 18 October 1926; died 18 March 2017.

Guardian obituary

Eddy Jacobs

Singer and guitarist Eddy Jacobs started singing in 1950s groups The Capitols and The Pearls before starting out on a solo career. The book “Don’t Let the Green Grass Fool You: A Memoir about the Legendary Soul Singer Wilson Pickett”
By Louella Pickett-New reveals that Jacobs became a member of Wilson Pickett’s band when “Midnight Hour” became a hit, and did some tours with that band, but did not like touring and left the band to continue his solo career. We do not have any biograpical details for this artist: can anyone help, please?

Ty Hunter

Singer Ty Hunter from Detroit first appeared on Chess’ subsidiary Check-Mate label which had a short life and was run from detroit by Billy Davis. After a solo career, followed by singing with the group Glass House for Invictus Records, Ty Hunter joined the Motown group The Originals, originally a backing group for Motown, in 1971. Ty Hunter died on February 24, 1981.

Little Hooks and The Kings


Little Hooks and The Kings | Image restored by Google | tc474

Vocal group Little Hooks and The Kings were James Arthur, Raymond Holcomb, Adolphus Holcomb, Gilbert Wilkes and Rudolph Chew. Chess licenced this recording from Century Records for national distribution.

Chuck Berry

In Performance

1958, US Television

Howling Wolf

In Performance

1964, UK television

Willie “Baby John” Hinds

Known mainly for one Chess record issued in 1962, organist Willie Hinds is better known as a road manager for rock groups, especially Crazy Horse, in the 1970s. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Jackie Harris


Jack Harris, 1969 | Copyright control | tc473

Singer, song writer, radio executive and entrepreneur Jack “Jackie” Harris was born in Chicago in 1936 and started playing piano and singing when he was 5 years old. Billy Davis introduced him to Chess records and one single was issued. Harris went on to become a disc jockey on radio station KUXL, becoming programme director. He went on to work with a number of other radio stations. His current whereabouts are unknown.

Reggie Hall

Pianist and composer Regginald Hall first came to prominence as the writer of the song “You talk to much” by Joe Jones. John Broven notes in “Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans” that record producer Harold Battiste started working with Hall in the early 1960s. He was also for a time pianist with another New Orleans group, Huey Piano Smith and The Clowns. The Chess release of “The Joke” was licenced for national distribution from the RIP label. The Library of Congress notes that Mr Hall appears playing piano in Fats Domino’s band in the jazz film “Blueberry Hill”. No biographical details are known for this artist: can anyone help,

The Happy Return

The Happy Return were a 1960s rock group from St. Louis, Missouri who made a small number of records, one of which was issued on Cadet in 1969. Ot is not known if they were named after the novel of the same name by C. S. Forrester. The line up of the group was Steve Noack , Tom Noack, Jim Cunningham, Jimmy Albright and Rick Carrell. The Cadet single was produced by Norman Petty (of Buddy Holly fame) at his Clovis, New Mexico studio.

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