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Marion ‘Little Walter’ Jacobs

Little Walter. One of the revolutionary harmonica blues players. 1930-1968

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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.

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Chess Records royalty: Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley. Some of the core riffs created by them and others were the basis of a wide amount of Rock n' Roll. Many or their (and labelmate Chuck Berry's) songs were copied by many famous Rock n' Roll bands and artists such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and Eric Clapton.

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Chicago’s Chess Records Studios at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue

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Bob Dylan unseen: Daniel Kramer discusses rare images from the 1960s

Bob Dylan plays chess with Victor Maymudes at Bernard’s Cafe Espresso, a favorite hangout spot in Woodstock, 1964

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How the blues brothers behind Chess Records made all the right moves

Polish-Jewish immigrants Phil and Leonard Chess, joined later by Leonard's son Marshall (right) founded and ran Chess Records, Chicago's world-reknown blues label, home to Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter and countless other blues legends.