The Chess Story

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The first of two programmes tracing the story Chess Records and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll.

Founded by brothers Leonard and Phil Chess, the label electrified the blues and inspired a generation of British musicians.

Narrated by Leonard's son Marshall Chess, with contributions from Bill Wyman, Sam Phillips, guitarist Zoot Horn Rollo, Van Morrison, Jon Mayall, Jeff Beck and Jack Bruce.

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The second of two programmes tracing the story Chess Records and its crucial contribution to the evolution of rock 'n' roll, narrated by co-founder Leonard Chess's son Marshall.