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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.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different artists, including Chuck Berry and Etta James.

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Al Jardine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock music, Rock and roll & Surf music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: A Postcard From California, Live in Las Vegas

Alan Charles Jardine (born September 3, 1942) is an American musician, singer, and songwriter who co-founded the Beach Boys. He is best known as the band's rhythm guitarist and for occasionally ...more

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Alan Gerber is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock n' Roll, Boogie-woogie & Blues; Nationality: Canada

Albums: The Alan Gerber Album, Blue Tube, Tied On, Chicken Walk, Fools That Try, + more

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
Genre: Jump blues and Chicago blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Born with the Blues

Alberta Adams (July 26, 1917 – December 25, 2014) was an American blues singer. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, she began performing as a tap dancer and nightclub singer in the 1930s. In 1952, she ...more
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Big Maybelle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rhythm and blues, Gospel music & Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Blues, Candy & Big Maybelle, Best Of The Rojac Years, The Complete OKeh Sessions 1952-'55, The Chronological Big Maybelle 1944-1953 (Classics Blues & Rhythm Series), + more

Mabel Louise Smith (May 1, 1924 – January 23, 1972), known professionally as Big Maybelle, was an American R&B singer. Her 1956 hit single "Candy" received the Grammy Hall of Fame

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Billy Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Chicago soul, Rhythm and blues & Northern soul; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Hits and Rarities, Unbelieveable, I Do Love You, Billy Stewart Teaches Old Standards New Tricks, Greatest Hits, + more

William Larry Stewart II (March 24, 1937 – January 17, 1970) was an American rhythm and blues singer and pianist who was popular during the 1960s.
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Bo Diddley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Blues-rock, Chicago blues & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Bo Diddley, Super Blues, His Best, Two Great Guitars, The Chess Box, + more

Ellas McDaniel (born Ellas Otha Bates, December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008), known as Bo Diddley, was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and music producer who played a key role in the ...more

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Bobby Bland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Soul blues, Pop music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Two Steps From the Blues, Two Steps From the Blues & Here's the Man, Ask Me 'Bout Nothing, Get on Down / Reflections in Blue, Long Beach 1983, + more

Robert Calvin Bland (né Robert Calvin Brooks; January 27, 1930 – June 23, 2013), known professionally as Bobby "Blue" Bland, was an American blues singer. Bland developed a ...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 as a member of “The Robbs” during the 1960s, then as a founder of Cherokee ...more
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Buddy Guy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Chicago blues, Electric blues & Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Damn Right, I've Got the Blues, A Man & the Blues, Sweet Tea, Bring 'Em In, + more

George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. He is an exponent of Chicago blues and has influenced eminent guitarists including Eric Clapton, Jimi ...more

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Charles Stepney is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rhythm and blues and Soul music; Nationality: United States of America
Charles Stepney (March 26, 1931– May 17, 1976) was an American record producer, arranger, songwriter and musician. Stepney is noted for his work with artistes such as The Dells, Ramsey Lewis, ...more
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Chuck Berry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock music, Rhythm and blues & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Great Twenty-Eight, Maybellene, Two Great Guitars, Rock, Rock, + more

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American 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
Genre: Creole music, Cajun music & Swamp blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Louisiana Blues And Zydeco, Bon Ton Roulet! & More, Bayou Blues, Zydeco Sont Pas Sale, Bogalusa Boogie, + more

Clifton Chenier (June 25, 1925 – December 12, 1987), a Louisiana French-speaking native of Opelousas, Louisiana, was an eminent performer and recording artist of Zydeco, which arose from Cajun ...more
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Dale Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Chess Rock 'n' Rhythm Series, Oh! Suzy-Q: The Best of Dale Hawkins, Susie Q, Rock 'n' Roll Tornado, Fools Paradise, + more

Delmar Allen "Dale" Hawkins (August 22, 1936 – February 13, 2010) was a pioneer American rock singer, songwriter, and rhythm guitarist who was often called the architect of swamp rock ...more
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David "Honeyboy&quo... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Folk music, Rhythm and blues & Jazz; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas, Delta Bluesman, The World Don't Owe Me Nothing, I've Been Around, White Windows, + more

David "Honeyboy" Edwards (June 28, 1915 – August 29, 2011) was a Delta blues guitarist and singer from Mississippi.

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David A. Martin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rockabilly, Rhythm and blues & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America
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David Ruffin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Disco, Pop music & Rhythm and blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Ruffin & Kendrick, So Soon We Change, David, Me 'n Rock 'n Roll Are Here to Stay, David Ruffin, + more

David Eli Ruffin (born Davis Eli Ruffin, January 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991) was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations ...more

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Etta James is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rock music, Rhythm and blues & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: At Last!, Tell Mama, I'd Rather Go Blind, The Right Time, 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Etta James, + more

Etta James (born Jamesetta Hawkins; January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012) was an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. ...more

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Fontella Bass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Pop music, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Very Best Of, Rescued: The Best of Fontella Bass, Free (The Paula Recordings), No Ways Tired, The New Look, + more

Fontella Marie Bass (July 3, 1940 – December 26, 2012) was an American R&B and soul singer and songwriter 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

Albums: Reach Out, Christmas Here With You, The Return of the Magnificent Seven, On Top, The Show Must Go On, + more

The Four Tops are a vocal quartet from Detroit, Michigan, USA, who helped to define the city's Motown sound of the 1960s. The group's repertoire has included soul music, R&B, disco, adult ...more

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Harmonica Frank Floyd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rockabilly, Folk music & Country; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Missing Link, Harmonica Frank Floyd

Frank Floyd, known as Harmonica Frank (October 11, 1908 – August 7, 1984) 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
Genre: Doo-wop, Rhythm and blues & Soul music; Nationality: United States of America
Harvey Fuqua (July 27, 1929 – July 6, 2010) was an American rhythm and blues singer, songwriter, record producer, and record label executive. Fuqua founded the seminal R&B/doo-wop group the ...more
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Howlin' Wolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Chicago blues, Electric blues & Blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions, The Genuine Article, Howlin' Wolf, Collection, The Very Best of Howlin' Wolf, + more

Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), known as Howlin' Wolf, was a Chicago blues singer, guitarist, and harmonica player, originally from Mississippi. With a booming voice ...more

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Ike Turner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Soul blues, Rock music & Memphis blues; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Here And Now, A Black Man's Soul, Trailblazer, Bad Dreams, Risin' With the Blues, + more

Izear Luster "Ike" Turner Jr. (November 5, 1931 – December 12, 2007) was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, arranger, talent scout, and record producer. An early pioneer of ...more

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Irma Thomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Rhythm and blues, Soul music & Gospel music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Time Is on My Side: The Best of Irma Thomas, Volume 1, Sing It!, Time Is on My Side, Sings, + more

Irma Thomas (born February 18, 1941) 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, ...more

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J.B. Lenoir is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Chess Records Complete Artist Roster
Genre: Chicago blues and Blues; Nationality: France

Albums: Vietnam Blues, 1951 - 1954: His JOB Recordings, I Don't Know, Passionate Blues, Mojo Boogie: An Essential Colection, + more

J. B. Lenoir /ləˈnɔːr/ (March 5, 1929 – April 29, 1967) was an American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter, active in the Chicago blues scene in the 1950s and 1960s. His surname, which is ...more

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