Thursday, May 7, 2009


Chess Records may not have had the grit of Stax or the impact of Motown when it came to soul, but the label certainly had its share of success. Between 1961 and 1971, chart-toppers like Etta James, Fontella Bass, Little Milton, and the Dells kept enough money rolling in to leverage the stronger, but weaker-selling, blues side of Chess.

Although they were one of the more obscure acts on the label, The Kolettes' song "Who's That Guy" still holds up as a killer of 45 of some quintessentially funky, hard hitting, female Chicago soul.

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