Chet Ivey was born in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA on November 26, 1932. His two parents were Sunday teachers in a Baptist church. The Ivey family moved to Washington DC in the 1940s. It was home to Chet Ivey until he joined the US Army. He spent several years in the US Army, serving in Germany and America. Chet Ivey won the medal of good conduct and was promoted to Corporal Chet Ivey.
In the late 1950s he decided to embark on a musical career. In June 1959, Chet Ivey's recording career was preparing to release his first single, "Tater Patch". It was about to be released by Atco Records. Chet Ivey wrote both "Tater Patch" and the B-Side "The Slop". He had also signed a publishing contract with Al Sears.
However, when "Tater Patch" was released, the Rhythm 'n' Blues single failed to find an audience. For Chet Ivey, it was a disappointing start to his fledgling musical career. Despite the disappointing start of Chet Ivey's career, he continued to release singles first on Atco, then on ABC-Paramount Records. Her first single for ABC-Paramount Records was "Wash Your Feet" coupled with "Lady Bug", which Jesse Stone copied. When "Lady Bug" was released in October 1960, the story was repeated and the single did not even nearly disturb the charts. It was... Read More
... the beginning of a familiar model.
Chet Ivey signed with the new Al Sears label, B & C Records. It was founded to release the recordings of Chet Ivey. He helped launch the nascent B & C footprint that was based in Washington DC.