Chico Chism Photos

Chico Chism
05/23/1927 – 01/28/2007

Here are photos of the late great Chico Chism, who was best known as Howlin’ Wolf’s last drummer. Chico moved to Phoenix in the 1986, where he lived the last 20 years of his life as a dearly loved and highly respected man about town. We post these as a reminder of a great man who touched the lives of many people.

 

Chico Chism Playing Drums at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico Chism & Homesick James – Long Beach Blues Festival – 1994

Chico Chism and John Lee Hooker.

Chico Chism With Mic – Chuy’s – October, 1988 (Photo by David Horwitz)

Chico Chism & John Brim – Chicago Blues Fest (Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico Chism is the man!

Chico in Tempe!

Chico Chism (Photo by John F. Gallaher)

Photo by Dave Horwitz

Chico Chism & Wizard at Earth Mother Mind Jam, Power Ridge in Minneapolis, MN – September 21, 2002

Chico Chism & Friend Playing Bongos

Small Paul & Chico Chism – 1986

Chico Chism & Friends in Chicago – 1983
Cyrus Hayes, Cecilia Savage, Chico Chism, Joe Kelley, Ray Moyeno, Jon McDonald

Chico Chism & Homesick James (Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico Chism & Junior Wells (Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico Chism & Junior Watson (Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico Chism & Lazy Lester in the Arizona Desert

Chico Chism & Nappy Brown (Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico Chism & Little Mac Simmons at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico Chism & Jimmy Rogers at The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico Chism, Jan Rickey, Lil’ Ed – The Rhythm Room in Phoenix, Arizona (Photo by Fonz)

Chico Chism Rogers kit

Chico Chism
(Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico Chism publicity photo.

Albert Collins & Chico Chism

Albert Collins & Chico Chism
(Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Bo Didley & Chico at RR

Bo Diddley, NBA Star Bill Cartwright, Chico Chism
(Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico and 02

Chief Schabuttie Gilliame, Chico Chism, Horace “Mississippi Catfish” Stewart

American Blues Legends 1979

The American Blues Legends tour of 1979 was put on by Big Bear Records and included Billy “The Kid” Emerson, Lester Davenport, Eddie C. Campbell, Good Rockin’ Charles, Nolan Stuck and, of course, Chico Chism! This tour spanned a number of weeks and hit many countries in Europe. Pictured above is that year’s logo.

American Blues Legends in the Studio

A Flyer Advertising the LP for the American Blues Legends Tour – 1979

Chico Chism & Jimmy Dawkins

Jimmy Dawkins & Chico Chism
(Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico & Jimmy Rogers

Jimmy Rogers & Chico Chism
(Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

Chico, Bob & Jimmy Rogers

Chico Chism, Bob Corritore, Jimmy Rogers
(Photo by Jim “Boogie” Wells)

George Thomas, Hubert Sumlin, Chico Chism

George Thomas Vaught, Hubert Sumlin, Chico Chism (Patrick Rynn, Henry Gray in background) at Bob Corritore’s 50th Birthday Party at the Rhythm Room in 2006 . Note that Chico was very ill at this time and George was doing his best to keep Chico inspired by setting up a band called The Flamekeepers where Chico could get on the bandstand for just a few songs per night and have the dignity of maintaining his status as a working musician. Even in a weakened state Chico would still rock the house! Thank you George.
(Photo by David Blake)

Chico Chism Cadillac

Cadillac Chico

This may be the earliest known photo of Chico Chism. It appears in a book called The Blacker The Berry: A Black History of Shreveport by Willie Burton. Special thanks to Chris Brown, a researcher of the subject of Shreveport, LA, who provided this photo. Shreveport was Chico’s hometown. Note that the above text is from the book.

ManuelChico

Chico Chism with Manuel Arrington and an unidentified man, outside B.L.U.E.S. in Chicago, IL at the 1980 Living Blues Cookout. Note that Chico is holding a copy of Living Blues magazine, and was the self appointed West Side representative for the publication!
(Photo by Jim O’Neal)

Chico Chism the Great Wall

Chico & His Wall of Posters & Memories

Patty Williams and Chico Chism. Photo by Jim Wells.

Chico Chism playing at the Rhythm Room. Photo Drew Verbis.

Chico Chism and Lil’ Ed Williams! 

Chico Chism and Pinetop Perkins. Photo Jim Wells. 

Chico Chism, ladies man! Photo Bob Corritore.

Chief Schabuttie Gilliame and Chico Chism.

Guitar Shorty and Chico Chism. Photo Jim Wells.

Johnny Copland, Chico Chism, Chief Schabuttie Gilliame.

Hans Olson and Chico Chism. 

Big Jack Johnson, Bob Corritore, Sunny (of Sunny’s Sunshine BBQ), Chico Chism. Photo Dick Rice.

Chico Chism 1979 promotional photo.

Chico Chism behind the kit!

Sam Taylor and Chico Chism. Photo by Jim Wells.

Jimmy McGriff and Chico Chism. Photo Jim Wells.

Chico at the Grand Canyon!

Chico Chism Fan Club flyer.

Chico‘s image became the symbol of the 25th anniversary of the Rhythm Room. Graphic design by Drew Verbis.

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