Chess gospel discography (1950-70)

 

Chess Gospel

  • Chess Records started in 1950 and was based in Chicago, IL. It was preceded by the Aristocrat label. Chess was run by brothers Phil and Leonard Chess who released many records in the fields of blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz, comedy and gospel. Subsidiary labels included Checker (on which most gospel was released), Argo and Cadet.
  • Chess 1437 (Rev. Gatemouth Moore) may have been released earlier on Aristocrat 904.
  • Chess 1475 (Four-A-Melody Men) was earlier released on Aristocrat 902 as by the Seven Melody Men.
  • This page lists all known Chess gospel issues (singles and LP’s), released between 1950 and 1970. Later issues (8000/9000 series and more) have been omitted, and so are all sermons by (mainly) Rev. C.L. Franklin on LP and in the 78rpm format (78rpm albums).

 

78's, 45'srelease artist artist as shown songs year
1Chess 1437 Moore, Rev. Gatemouth I’m Going Through b/w Thank You Jesus 1950
2Chess 1473 Evangelist Gospel Singers of Alabama Leaning On The Lord b/w Lord Stop The War 1951
3Chess 1475 Four-A-Melody Men I’m On My Way b/w Mother Pray For Me 1951
4Chess 1485 Spiritual Stars Good Religion b/w I’ll Search Heaven 1951
5Chess 1486 Evangelist Gospel Singers of Alabama Never Grow Old b/w Walk In The Light 1951
6Chess 1502 Brewsteraires Where Shall I Be b/w (The Lord Gave Me) Wings For My Soul 1952
7Chess 1511 Chambers, Rev. It’s Praying Time b/w Me And The Devil 1952
8Chess 1520 Southern Stars Surely God Is Able b/w Don’t Give Up 1952
9Chess 1539 Beck, Elder Wine Head Willie Put That Bottle Down b/w I’m Gonna Tell God 1953
10Chess 1540 Southern Stars Prodigal Son b/w I Saw The Light 1953
11Chess 1556 Southern Stars Tired Of The Devil b/w I Remember I Heard My Mother 1953
12Chess 1567 Beck, Elder When b/w I’m Walking With Jesus At My Side 1954
13Chess 1568 Southern Stars Southern Stars of Richmond Weep Little Children b/w Jesus Will Be Waiting 1954
14Chess 1590 Ballenger, Rev. This Train b/w How I Got Over 1955
15Chess 1600 Franklin, Rev. C.L. Rev. C.L. Franklin and Congregation I Love The Lord b/w Heard The Voice Of Jesus 1955
16Chess 1603 Dixieland Singers Where We Never Grow Old b/w Our Prayer 1955
17Chess 1631 Franklin, Rev. C.L. The Old Ship Of Zion, Pt. 1 b/w The Old Ship Of Zion, Pt. 2 1956
18Chess 1639 Franklin, Rev. C.L. The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow, Pt. 1 b/w The Lord Will Make A Way Somehow, Pt. 2 1956
19Chess 1640 Jelks, Rev. H.R. It Rained Forty Days And Forty Nights, Pt. 1 b/w It Rained Forty Days And Forty Nights, Pt. 2 1956
20Chess 1642 Ellis and Dixon Spiritual and Vocal Group Precious Memories, Pt. 1 b/w Precious Memories, Pt. 2 1956
21Chess 1655 Franklin, Rev. C.L. I’m Going Through, Pt. 1 b/w I’m Going Through, Pt. 2 (sermon) 1957
22Chess 1656 Gospel Wonders I Want To Live, Live, Live b/w He’s My All And All 1957
23Chess 1657 Pilgrim Harmonaires Anyway You Bless Me Lord b/w He Said He Would Move 1957
24Chess 2051 Operation Breadbasket Orchestra and Choir Ben Branch and Operation Breadbasket Orch. and Choir Motherless Child b/w Precious Lord, Take My Hand 1968
LP'srelease artist artist as shown title year
1Chess LP 1524 Operation Breadbasket Orchestra and Choir Ben Branch and the Operation Breadbasket Orchestra and Choir The Last Request 1968
2Chess LP 1549 Operation Breadbasket Orchestra and Choir SCLC Operation Breadbasket Orchestra and Choir On The Case 1970