Leonard Chess

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Non-Performer

Inducted in: 1987

Inducted by: Ewart Abner

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1988 (ranked #3 in the Non-Performers - Industry category) .

Leonard Chess @ Wikipedia


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Who gave the induction speech for Leonard Chess?

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.11.10 @ 12:48pm

Ewart Abner gave the induction speech for Leonard Chess

Ewart Abner
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Ewart Abner (May 11, 1923 December 27, 1997) was an American record company executive.

Between 1950 and 1954, he served at the Chance label as the owner Art Sheridan's right-hand man. In early 1955, he became part owner and general manager of Vee-Jay. He was appointed president of Vee-Jay in 1961 and with the addition of artists such as Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Dee Clark, Betty Everett, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, and The Beatles, the company continued to grow as a major independent. He formed Constellation Records in August 1963. In 1966, he joined Motown Records and in 1973 and for the next two years, he served as its president. He was closely associated with the Motown label until his death.

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 10.5.10 @ 20:36pm

Without Leonard Chess, singers like Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and Etta James wouldn't be prefroming artists.

Chess Records along with Sun and Atlantic epitomized the independent record business and he set new standards for artist development and networking. Evenmore, Chess Records was the repository of American blues music in the 50s and it also presented black music to white audiences.

Posted by Andrew on Friday, 04.12.13 @ 11:53am

RIP Phil Chess. Should've been inducted with his brother:


Posted by dmg on Wednesday, 10.19.16 @ 12:57pm

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