Chess Records

Former Location –
Chess Records was located at several different locations on the south side of Chicago, but this is the most famous location and was immortalized by the Rolling Stones in the song “2120 South Michigan Avenue“, which was an instrumental recorded at that address during their first U.S. tour in 1964. The Stones recorded 14 total songs here, including the hit ‘It’s All Over Now‘ and  the first-ever recorded acoustic version of ‘Satisfaction‘.

Many of the artists that recorded here were later covered by other artists that became more famous than the original ones. The original artists that recorded here include Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon and Howlin’ Wolf.

Notable Recordings Made At Chess Records:

Muddy Waters by Muddy Waters
Fathers And Sons by Muddy Waters
Sonny Boy Williamson by Sonny Boy Williamson
The Real Folk Blues by Howlin’ Wolf
House Of The Blues by John Lee Hooker
Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
Sugarhill Gang by Sugarhill Gang
Buddy Guy by Buddy Guy
Two Great Guitars by Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry
Gettin’ Down With by Johnny Guitar Watson

Chess Records Office And Studio
2120 S Michigan Ave
Chicago IL 60616