Archive for Marshall Chess

Rock Moment: Psychedelic Blues, 1968

Posted in Rock Moment with tags , , on August 14, 2008 by 30daysout

Forty years ago, Elvis Presley staged a dramatic comeback with a TV special and new recordings that attracted new fans and excited old fans who were alienated by nine years of awful movies.   This set the template for important artists who wanted to rekindle their careers and music.

One person watching Elvis’ comeback was Marshall Chess, son of the president of the Chicago-based record label Chess.  His biggest blues artist, Muddy Waters, needed a shot in the arm so Chess had the idea to recast some of Muddy’s greatest songs and a few new originals in a psychedelic haze.  After all, some of the greatest bands of the era – the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, the Animals, Jimi Hendrix Experience and many others – were heavily influenced by the music of Muddy Waters and other Chess artists.

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