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Phil Chess, co-founder of blues label Chess Records, dies

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CHICAGO -

Phil Chess, co-founder of a Chicago record label that amassed perhaps the most influential blues catalog, has died. He was 95.
    
Nephew Craig Glicken told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday that Chess died overnight in Tucson, Arizona.
    
Chess and his brother, Leonard, founded Chess Records in 1950, a label that included such stalwarts as Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Chuck Berry and Etta James.
    
The brothers started out with a liquor store, then ran a nightclub and music venue and eventually got into the music recording business, though neither had ever played an instrument.
    
Their label's first release was a Gene Ammons' version of "My Foolish Heart." Then came Muddy Waters' "Rollin' Stone" - a song so influential it became the name of the English rock band and the magazine.

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