The Chess Records co-founder Philip "Phil" Chess died on Oct. 19, 2016, in Arizona. He was 95. He alongwith his brother Leonard played a vital role in the success and polularity iconic rock 'n' roll and blues label Chess Records. In 1995 Phil and Leonard Chess were inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame.
Born in a Jewish community on March 27, 1921, in Poland, Phil Chess alongwith his parents moved to Chicago in 1928. After serving army for sometime he joined his brother Leonard in running Aristocrat Records, which later changed its name to Chess Records. The company founed in 1950 recorded artists such as Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, "Sonny Boy Williamson" (Rice Miller), Robert Lockwood Jr., Willie Dixon, Etta James, Howlin Wolf and Chuck Berry. Together the brothers expanded this record company successfully until it was sold to GRT in 1968. After the death of his brother Leonard, Phil Chess relocated to Arizona where he lived until his death.
Children: Terry Chess
(FOLLOWER OF Mr. PHIL CHESS)
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