Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sad Day for the Blues: The House that Chess Built under Big Dispute
Chess Records, the ultimate blues label of it's time, whose roster included Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, just to name a few, is now under a huge dispute between the Chess family (Marshall Chess, son of the great Leonard Chess) and the current owners, the Willie Dixon estate.
Willie Dixon's estate purchased the property in 1997 to save it from being demolished from it's historic location in Chicago. Since then they have renamed it "Blues Heaven Foundation" and have removed the Chess logo and any mention of the Chess Family.
Marshall Chess is obviously upset, and Marie Dixon, daughter of Willie Dixon and current owner of the building, has said they did this since the Chess family refused to donate money to renovate.
Either way, it's a sad day to hear this about one of the world's most important music labels.
You can read the full article [here.]
Posted by Ali Sleeq at 8:06 AM