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Magic Sam
« on: November 04, 2017, 01:55:57 AM »
Magic Sam (Samuel Gene Maghett) 1937-1969

This American Chicago blues musician started young and left way too soon suddenly via a heart attack at age 32. Born in Mississippi, he moved to Chicago at age 19 and was signed to Cobra records and became well known as a bluesman after the release of his record "All Your Love" in 1957. He was known for his distinctive tremolo playing.

 He recorded singles for Cobra records from 1957-1959, he released more singles through 1966 on a few different labels before releasing two full length albums West Side Soul (1967) and Black Magic (1968) along with the live album Raw Blues Live (1969).

His breakthrough performance was at the Ann Arbor Blues Festival in 1969, which afforded him many bookings in the US and Europe but he died suddenly of a heart attack later that year on Dec 1, 1969.

In February of 1970 The Butterfield Blues Band played a benefit for Magic Sam at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, CA. Also on the bill were Mike Bloomfield, Elvin Bishop, Charles Musselwhite and Nick Gravenites.

Several posthumous albums have been released of live and unreleased session work.

In the Blues Brothers film, Jake Blues dedicates the bands performance of Sweet Home Chicago "to the late great Magic Sam".

All Your Love:
Sweet Home Chicago:
Sam's Boogie: video footage
I Have The Same Old Blues:
I Don't Want No Woman:
You Belong To Me:
Mole's Blues:
Lookin Good Live 1968:

Live Ann Arbor Blues Festival and Alex Club Chicago

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