Bands/Musicians Chess Records Complete Artist Roster

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List of Chess Records artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This Chess Records roster includes both past and present artists. Popular Chess Records bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these Chess Records band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by Chess Records.

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Al Jardine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Rock and roll, Surf music
Alan Charles "Al" Jardine is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of the rock band The Beach Boys, of whom he was a member from 1961 ...more

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Alan Gerber is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Rock n' Roll, Boogie-woogie, Blues
Alan Gerber is an American-born singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He is a member of the recently reunited rock band Rhinoceros and also has been pursuing a solo career throughout ...more

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Alberta Adams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Jump blues, Chicago blues
Alberta Adams was an American Detroit blues, jump blues, and Chicago blues singer. Raised in Detroit, she began performing as a tap dancer and nightclub singer in the 1930s. In 1952, she landed ...more

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Big Maybelle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Gospel music, Blues
Mabel Louise Smith, known professionally as Big Maybelle, was an American R&B singer and pianist. Her 1956 hit single "Candy" received the Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1999.

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Billy Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues, Northern soul
Billy Stewart was an American musical artist, with a highly distinctive scat-singing style, who enjoyed popularity in the 1960s.

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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music
Ellas Otha Bates, known by his stage name Bo Diddley, was an American R&B and Chicago Blues vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and music producer. He was also known as The Originator because of ...more

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Bobby Bland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Soul blues, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
Robert Calvin "Bobby" Bland, né Brooks, also known professionally as Bobby "Blue" Bland, was an American blues singer. Bland developed a sound that mixed gospel with ...more

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Bruce Robb is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Bruce Robb is an American musician, record producer, engineer, and music supervisor. He is most recognized for his active role in the formative years of the music industry: first as a member of ...more

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Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues
George "Buddy" Guy is an American Chicago blues and electric blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of the Chicago blues and has influenced blues guitarists Jimi Hendrix, Eric ...more

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Charles Stepney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Charles Stepney was a producer, arranger, songwriter and musician famous for his Orchestral Psychedelic soul sound with Chicago's Cadet/Chess records in the 1960s/1970s and afterwards with ...more

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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene", ...more

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Clifton Chenier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Creole music, Cajun music, Swamp blues
Clifton Chenier, a Creole French-speaking native of Opelousas, Louisiana, was an eminent performer and recording artist of Zydeco, which arose from Cajun and Creole music, with R&B, jazz, ...more

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Dale Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Rock music
Delmar Allen "Dale" Hawkins was a pioneer American rock singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist who was often called the architect of swamp rock boogie. Fellow rockabilly pioneer ...more

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David
Folk music, Rhythm and blues, Jazz
David "Honeyboy" Edwards was a Delta blues guitarist and singer from the American South.

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David A. Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Rockabilly, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
David A. Martin was a founding member and original bass player for the rock group Sam the Sham, and recorded all their early hits on MGM Records. Martin also co-wrote the group's #1 hit ...more

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David Ruffin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Disco, Pop music, Rhythm and blues
Davis Eli "David" Ruffin was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations during the group's "Classic Five" ...more

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll
Etta James was an American singer. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with ...more

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Fontella Bass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Pop music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Fontella Bass was an American R&B soul singer best known for her 1965 hit, "Rescue Me".

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Four Tops is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Doo-wop, Pop music, Rock music
The Four Tops are an American vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan who helped to define the city's Motown sound of the 1960s. The group's repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, ...more

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Harmonica Frank Floyd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Rockabilly, Folk music, Country
Harmonica Frank was an American blues singer, guitarist and harmonicist.

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Harvey Fuqua is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues, Soul music
Harvey Fuqua was an American rhythm and blues singer, songwriter, record producer, and record label executive. Fuqua founded the seminal R&B/doo-wop group the Moonglows in the 1950s. He is ...more

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Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues
Chester Arthur Burnett, known as Howlin' Wolf, was an African American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, from Mississippi. With a booming voice and looming physical presence, ...more

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Ike Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Soul blues, Rock music, Memphis blues
Ike Wister Turner was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of fifties rock and roll, he is most popularly known for his ...more

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Irma Thomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music
Irma Thomas is an American singer from New Orleans. She is known as the "Soul Queen of New Orleans". Thomas is a contemporary of Aretha Franklin and Etta James, but never experienced ...more

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J.B. Lenoir is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Chicago blues, Blues
J. B. Lenoir /ləˈnɔːr/ was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the 1950s and 1960s Chicago blues scene. Although his name is sometimes pronounced as French "L'n ...more