The jazz sides were by the Wally Hayes Combo aka Calumet City Boys aka Chanceteers, John "Schoolboy" Porter, the Jimmy Binkley Jazz Quintet, Chubby Jackson, Conte Candoli, Johnny Miller, and Remo Biondi; only two of these sides have ever been reissued by anyone.
The bulk of Chance's output was in the R&B field, which reflected the knowledge amassed by the label's founder and owner, Art Sheridan.
In addition, Chance purchased or licensed at least 44 sides.
We know of 94 releases on Chance, accompanied by 1 on its very short-lived tributary Meteor and 9 on its later subsidiary Sabre.
Although the blues and doowop garnered Chance a place in history, the company recorded pop, jazz, and gospel, and this discography is designed to profile those aspects of the label as well.
In the 3000 pop series, Don Miller continues to be an enigma, and we'd like to know whether the Four Bits were a comedic quartet from South Florida... We have significantly enhanced our biography of Walter Spriggs (aka Wally Wilson, aka Ray Scott), who had a lot more of a musical career than we'd previously realized.
We are indebted to Bob Eagle and Rob Ford for making the Scott connection and pointing us to a 1963 article establishing that Ray Scott and Walter Spriggs were one and the same.
Finally, we have a little more to say about the elusive Meteor 100.Chance Records, like Parrot, United, and Aristocrat, was an independent Chicago label that pioneered in recording the new African-American sounds that swept the city after World War II: the electrified Mississippi blues and the doowop harmony groups.Revision note: We are still upgrading our biography of Lucy Reed (Chance 30).We have brought up to speed (with considerable help from Teter expert Cary Ginell) a reasonable biography of Jack Teter—and established that Chance 3000 was a reissue of a single Teter had made for a tiny Milwaukee-based label called Demo.We can now, at last, offer reliable information on the BEL Trio, the Milwaukee-based group that recorded Chance 3018, and on Sister Rosa Shaw, who was responsible for Chance 50.We have also added a lot about the Meadowlarks (Chance 11), Elaine Rodgers (Chance 3001), Dick Marx (Chance 3004), Ann Gilbert (Chance 3014), Gerry Teifer (Chance 3016), (we never really thought this would happen) Bill Kessler (Chance 3020), and (we weren't too sure about this either) Fred Montell (Chance 3021), even a few things about bandleaders Don Ragon and Chuck Sagle.