Jewish Stars

Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess. Photo/Eric Liebowitz

Catching up with famous Members of the Tribe. The names of Jewish stars are in boldface.

“Cadillac Records,” the story of Chess Records, a label that first recorded many great Chicago-based African American blues and rock and roll musicians, opens Fri., Dec. 5.

Chess Records was owned by Leonard and Phil Chess, Polish Jews whose family moved to Chicago in 1928.  By the late ’40s, the brothers owned a chain of bars and a nightclubs within the black community, which led to Leonard’s recording the musicians playing his clubs.

In the film, Leonard (Oscar-winner Adrien Brody, 35) and his wife (Emanuelle Chriqui, 30, of “Entourage”) invite Chess discoveries like Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Chuck Berry (Mos Def) and Etta James (Beyonce Knowles) to their son’s bar mitzvah. The film is based on Spinning Blues into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records by Naomi Chodas.

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