Chess Records Co-Founder Phil Chess Dead at 95
Published Oct 19, 2016Phil Chess, co-founder of the famed Chess Records blues imprint, has passed away. He was 95 and died overnight in Tucson, AZ. His nephew, Craig Glicken, told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was in fairly good health for his age.
Phil formed Chess Records in 1947 with his brother Leonard. The label was responsible for early releases from the likes of Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin' Wolf and Buddy Guy.
The label quickly developed an international reputation and was credited in helping birth rock'n'roll.
Chess Records was featured in films like 2008's Cadillac Records and 2010's Who Do You Love.
Phil Chess will be remembered with a private funeral service in Tucson.