Sugar Pie DeSanto’s seven-decade career has included touring with James Brown, writing for Chess Records, and recording the 1966 hit “In the Basement” with Etta James.
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Saxophonist Gene Barge helped shape the sound of Chicago R&B
Gene Barge has done his most influential work as a sideman or producer, but he’s just as important as any of R&B’s marquee stars.
Little-known Chicago blues-rock wizard Zach Prather has found his crowd in Europe
Thanks in part to a long partnership with the late Cash McCall, Prather has played with the likes of Willie Dixon, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, and Etta James.
Matt ‘Guitar’ Murphy did much more than join the Blues Brothers
By the time Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi recruited him, Murphy had worked as a sideman for the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, and James Cotton.
Foo Fighters take a trek through Chicago’s musical history on HBO’s Sonic Highways, with mixed results
The alternative-rock titans come to Chicago in the first episode of their HBO series, named after their forthcoming record.
The Secret History of Chicago Music: Pete Cosey
Late guitar genius Pete Cosey, most famous for his role in Miles Davis’s electric bands, never recorded under his own name
In Rotation: sound artist J.R. Robinson on excavating black metal albums from the earth
Black metal scavenger hunts, post-punk party songs about suicide, and dancing to ding-dongs
Etta James misses you
Undercover Black Man uncovers some decent covers.