Argo Records was a record label in Chicago that was established in 1955 as a division of Chess Records  Although Chess was a blues label, the Argo division began to record jazz in 1955 and attracted some big names including Gene Ammons, Kenny Burrell, Barry Harris, Illinois Jacquet, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, James Moody, Max Roach, Red Rodney, and Ira Sullivan.  Argo also recorded pop, blues, and calypso. Its first big hit was "Ain't Got No Home" by Clarence "Frogman"...

Argo Records was a record label in Chicago that was established in 1955 as a division of Chess Records Although Chess was a blues label, the Argo division began to record jazz in 1955 and attracted some big names including Gene Ammons, Kenny Burrell, Barry Harris, Illinois Jacquet, Ahmad Jamal, Ramsey Lewis, James Moody, Max Roach, Red Rodney, and Ira Sullivan. Argo also recorded pop, blues, and calypso. Its first big hit was "Ain't Got No Home" by Clarence "Frogman"...

William "Billy the Kid" Emerson attended FAMU.  He joined Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm after the Korean War. He then wrote & recorded hits for Sun Records, including When It Rains It Really Pours (later recorded by Elvis Presley) & Red Hot. He joined Vee-Jay Records & released Every Woman I Know (Crazy ‘Bout Automobiles). He eventually became the recording manager for Chess Records. Emerson formed Tarpon Records in 1966, & continued to play in clubs & on European blues tours for many years.

William "Billy the Kid" Emerson attended FAMU. He joined Ike Turner’s Kings of Rhythm after the Korean War. He then wrote & recorded hits for Sun Records, including When It Rains It Really Pours (later recorded by Elvis Presley) & Red Hot. He joined Vee-Jay Records & released Every Woman I Know (Crazy ‘Bout Automobiles). He eventually became the recording manager for Chess Records. Emerson formed Tarpon Records in 1966, & continued to play in clubs & on European blues tours for many years.

Willie Dixon, a Chicago blues artist & songwriting legend. He wrote or co-wrote over 500 songs and his work has been recorded by some of the best-known blues musicians of his era, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Buddy Guy.

Willie Dixon, a Chicago blues artist & songwriting legend. He wrote or co-wrote over 500 songs and his work has been recorded by some of the best-known blues musicians of his era, including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Buddy Guy.

Phil Chess, co-founder of pioneering R&B label Chess Records, has died http://www.brooklynvegan.com/phil-chess-co-founder-of-pioneering-rb-label-chess-records-has-died/ …

Phil Chess, co-founder of pioneering R&B label Chess Records, has died http://www.brooklynvegan.com/phil-chess-co-founder-of-pioneering-rb-label-chess-records-has-died/ …

Chess Records | Some of the core riffs created by Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters and others were the basis of a wide amount of Rock n' Roll.

Chess Records | Some of the core riffs created by Bo Diddley, Willie Dixon, Chuck Berry, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters and others were the basis of a wide amount of Rock n' Roll.

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