("We're Gonna Make It," "Who's Cheating Who?" and "Grits Ain'tGroceries."),
("Voice Your Choice"),
("Searching For My Love"),
Tony Clarke, James Phelps
all recorded on Chess. Many other artists including a bevy of ladies alsorecorded for Chess but in 1969 things went bad.In 1969, Leonard Chess died, stilling the heart and soul of Chess Records. Previously thatyear, Phil and Leonard had sold the company to a company called GRT, who tried their bestto hold things together. Sadly, the momentum that had enabled Chess to become a giant, began to erode. In 1975, GRT closed down the logo, selling to All Platinum Records of Englewood, New Jersey.In 1985, MCA acquired the rights to the massive Chess treasure trove. At the start of 1987,MCA began to mount a long-term reissue campaign of the invaluable Chess masters - anongoing program that is gathering steam.
While Chess was locking up many of the best R&B artists in the midwest, Atlantic and it'ssubsidiary Atco were becoming the Big Dogs of the East Coast R&B scene.As with Chess Records, Atlantic Records was founded in 1947. It's founder was the son of aformer Turkish Ambassador, Ahmet Ertegun. Ahmet's story is very interesting but for thesake of expediency I will move along.Unlike Chess Records which pretty much dealt only Black musicians, Atlantic was an equalopportunity record label.Atlantic's impressive list of artists included
Ray Charles, The Drifters, Clyde Mcphatter,Bobby Darin, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Yes, Herbbie Mann, Roberta Flack, Ruth Brown,Tori Amos, INXS, Bette Midler, The Coasters, The Robins, Aretha Franklin, TheCream, Sonny Bono, Sam and Dave, Foreigner, Phil Collins, Wilson Pickett
and on andon..........., which as you can see include both white and black artists.