Art Sheridan with Ewart Abner & Jimmy Bracken

July 28, 2015 – Art Sheridan

Art was born in Chicago in 1925 and founded Chance Records in 1950. Chance specialized in Blues, Jazz, Doo-Wop and Gospel. Shortly after forming Chance, Art became a behind the scenes partner in Vee-Jay Records and went on to own several jazz clubs on the near north side. The Flamingos, The Moonglows, Homesick James and J.B. Hutto recorded for Chance, and while a part of Vee-Jay, he enjoyed success with Gene Chandler, The Four Seasons, and The Beatles, just to name a few.

For the past 30 years, he has lived in Aurora, Illinois while still being involved in the music and real estate businesses. In celebration of his recent 90th birthday, he engaged in an annual skydive in Ottawa … the foot of the Fox River Valley area of Illinois. He recently sat down with the Foundation and talked about his life in music and let us in on some more private parts of his life that will forever remain within the confines of our memories and the walls of the ACTV studio where the interview took place. The music part of his life will be shared with you here at some time in the very near future. Stay tuned!

Support for the Living Music History program (Backstage Interviews) has been provided by the Kane County Board, through its Office of Community Reinvestment, with funds from the Grand Victoria Riverboat Casino.