Chicago

Tyrone Davis

Tyrone Fettson was born in Greenville, Mississippi, in 1937 or 1938. He moved to Chicago in 1959 and began working as a chauffeur for Blues legend Freddie King. He also starting singing in local clubs, where he was noticed by Harold Burrage, who helped him record some early tracks for small Chicago record labels, […]

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The Chi-Lites

The group that became the Chi-Lites in 1964 was originally made up of four school friends from Hyde Park High School in Chicago plus a young singer who attended Englewood High School. They were Robert “Squirrel” Lester, Clarence Johnson, Burt Bowen, and Eddie Reed, plus Eugene Record. By 1960 a few […]

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Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson was born in Detroit in 1934. He left school at fifteen, joined a gospel group, got into trouble with the police, started drinking and got married by the age of seventeen. Not a great start to his career in music. Fortunately, he really could sing! His first taste […]

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Brunswick Records

The association of the Brunswick name with popular music goes back a long way. Brunswick-Balke-Collender, a company based in Iowa, was a manufacturer of pianos and sports equipment, that began trading in 1845. In 1916 they began making phonographs and then records too. In 1930, they sold their record business to […]

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Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples was born in the city of Chicago on the 10th July 1939.  Aged eleven, she joined The Staple Singers, the family group led by her father Pops, who started their recording careers at the locally-based black-owned legendary record label, Vee-Jay Records, during the mid-1950s, as a Gospel recording act […]

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Billy Davis

The late Billy Davis was born on July 11th 1932 in Detroit. He started his career in the entertainment industry as a songwriter with Berry Gordy in Detroit during the mid 1950s, creating successful songs for his cousin the late Jackie Wilson, under the pseudonym of Tyran Carlo. Billy Davis Their first major international hit was “Reet Petite” released […]

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Quinton Joseph

The Chicago Years The legendary Quinton Joseph was born on 28th August 1946 in the city of Chicago, affectionately known as the “Windy City”. He is one of the few studio musicians during the golden era of R&B and Soul music to have played on hit records from two different cities, […]

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Linda Clifford

The last successful act on the Curtom label was Linda Clifford, who was discovered by Stuart while she was performing in the Windy City’s top lounges. He signed her to a recording contract in 1977. She had a powerful voice that worked very well for disco music, the main rage […]

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Don Cornelius & Soul Train

A significant event occurred in the “Windy City” that will shape popular culture on an international level for decades to come! The late Don Cornelius, Chicago-born on 27th September 1936 and originally from the South side of the city, died at his home in Sherman Oaks in the state of […]

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