Leonard Chess changed the face of modern music, and he did so without playing a note. A Jewish immigrant living in Chicago just as the city was exploding with new blues sounds, he heard what few others did at the time — the universal passion in the music of performers like Etta James, Muddy Waters and Bo Diddley, who all rose to fame thanks to Chess. At first with a nightclub and then with his legendary record label, Leonard Chess earned his place in American cultural history. (Source)
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