The Rise of Chicago Rhythm and Blues: History of Chicago Series

Join Dr. Chris Stacey for an evening of musical entertainment and history. Chicago became the nation’s center for rhythm and blues in the decades immediately following World War II. R & B was a new style of music that grew out of the influences of Blues and Jazz. In this presentation, we’ll listen to electrifying musical clips and trace the history of Chicago’s “Record Row”.  We’ll discuss how Chicago's independent record companies, especially Chess, Vee-Jay, Okeh, and One-derful, created the national and international popularity of R & B. We’ll also look at of the emergence of Soul and Hard Soul in Chicago's recording industry. All of these musical genres had a deep influence of the development of rock n’ roll.

Among the artists we will discuss are: Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, the Flamingos, the Moonglows, Jimmy Reed, the Spaniels, the El Dorados, Jerry Butler and the Impressions, Dee Clark, Betty Everett, Gene Chandler, Major Lance, Billy Butler, Walter Jackson, the Vibrations, Etta James, Little Milton, the Dells, Billy Stewart, Otis Clay, McKinley Mitchell, and the Five Du-Tones.

Date: Wednesday, June 14

Time: 6:30PM Central, 7:30PM Eastern, 4:30PM Pacific

Location: Zoom Video Conference

Cost: Free



June 14, 2023 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Zoom Video Conference

Chicago, IL
United States

Chris Stacey


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