Scenes from 'Cadillac Records'

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ESSENCE.COM Dec, 04, 2008

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“Cadillac Records” is based on the real-life story of Leonard Chess and the legends who comprised his music label, Chess Records.

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Howlin’ Wolf (Eamonn Walker) soon eyes Muddy’s position as the label’s top dog.

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Walter’s temper was as overpowering as his talent. Short said playing the character was as close as he may get to playing his ideal role-Tupac Shakur.

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Chess Records bass player and songwriter Willie Dixon (Cedric the Entertainer) discusses the label’s sound with Chess (Adrien Brody) and Waters (Wright).

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James(Knowles) performs for the first time for Chess.

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Etta James, played by Beyonc√© Knowles, gained much success in music, but learned she couldn’t outrun the pain of her past.

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Harmonica player Little Walter (Columbus Short), center, jams with mentor Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), right. The role was a dream come true for Short.

“If you had asked me five years ago the one actor I wanted to work with, I would say Jeffrey Wright,” he says. “How close we became is a testament to what we can manifest if we believe.”

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Etta gives it her best shot on the pool table as she discusses signing to Chess Records.

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Waters, left, is introduced to the label’s new act Howlin’ Wolf, played by Eamonn Walker.

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Etta James makes history as her music crosses over the racial barrier.

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