Cadillac Records

DVD - 2009

Chess Records was located on the south side of Chicago. In 1947, it began recording blues music with Muddy Waters and Little Walter. This eventually gave birth to rock and roll in 1955 with Chuck Berry. Record producer, Leonard Chess had an ear for this different type of music and believed he could cash in by signing up new talent such as songwriter, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, and Etta James. Chess made all of his artists part of his family and took care of them. This was not easy since th...ey spent a small fortune on booze, drugs, and the high life. When Chuck Berry went to jail, Leonard was able to find another talented performer, Etta James, to take his place. In the late sixties, as their music went out of favor, Leonard Chess got out of the record business.

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Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment 2009.
Widescreen ed
Physical Description
1 videodisc (DVD)(109 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Region 1; anamorphic widescreen (2.35:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital surround.
MPAA rating: R; for pervasive language and some sexuality.
Production Credits
Director of photography, Anastas Michos ; editor, Peter C. Frank ; music, Terence Blanchard.
Other Authors
Darnell Martin (-), Terence Blanchard
Review by Publisher Summary 1

Depicts the development of 1950s R&B label Chess Records by founder Leonard Chess and its roster of stars including Etta James, Chuck Berry, and Muddy Waters.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Chronicles the rise of Chess records.