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A new blues sound was cooking on Chicago’s West Side, and ‘Magic Sam’ Maghett was its head chef. Stripped of harps and horns, the blossoming West Side sound centered on the electric guitar, positioning Sam and his peer Freddie King as prototypical blues guitar heroes. They didn’t mind stretching out on their axes, and they had plenty to say. Sam’s ringing guitar approach, soaked in minor-key majesty, did have a few discernible precedents, but it was basically his design.

Born February 14, 1937 a little ways east of Grenada, Mississippi, Sam started out on diddley bow, a one-string contraption hung on the wall and fretted with a slide. One of his childhood pals was a towering lad named Morris Holt, who he’d later anoint with the handle of Magic Slim after both were resident on the Chicago circuit. "We played acoustics, on a Sunday up under a shade tree after we’d go to church and come back," says Holt of their shared childhood.

Sam’s aunt Lily sent for the lad to come up to Chicago in 1950. Not long after, a youth named Sylvester Thompson moved into the same South Side building that Sam lived in. "I met him on the steps. He was playing guitar one morning when my brother Mack and I came in from the cab, from the Illinois Central station," says Thompson, better known now as R&B singer Syl Johnson. Syl struck out on some Mississippi blues right there on the doorstep, impressing Sam. "He was like playing ragtime when I first met him. And he kind of went wild when me and Mack came," says Syl. They continued to jam together in months to come, soon attracting the interest of Sam’s uncle, veteran harpist James ‘Shakey Jake’ Harris.

"My mama got me an amp and a guitar. We put that amp in the window," says Syl. "That’s how old Shakey Jake found us. He heard the music. He said it smelled like he was a dog, smelled the other female dog down when she’s in heat!"

With Shakey Jake encouraging him, a teenaged Sam sat in at the 708 Club in 1955, soon gigging under the moniker of Good Rocking Sam. Sam and Mack sent a demo of All Your Love to Chess, but they were turned down. "‘All Your Love’ derived from one of Lowell Fulson’s songs, ‘It’s All My Fault,’" reveals Syl. "Cause Sam told me that’s where he got it from. He copped it off of that." Otis Rush had a better idea than Chess. "I met Sam after I did 'I Can't Quit You Baby,’" says Rush. "He was trying to get with a recording. I turned him on to Cobra."

Situated on West Roosevelt Road, Eli Toscano’s Cobra Records had already enjoyed success with Rush’s debut single and clearly pictured Sam connecting on the same level with his debut All Your Love, waxed in 1957 with a two-bass setup (Mack on electric, Willie Dixon on upright), pianist Little Brother Montgomery, and drummer Billie Stepney. Mack also dreamed up Maghett’s snazzy new Magic Sam moniker. The swaying, minor-toned All Your Love established Sam as the new king of the West Side. "It was one of his biggest," says Syl. "It was a classic." Sam released three more fine singles on Cobra before the Army came calling, much to his dismay.

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Electric Blues 1939-2005. - The Definitive Collection!
Part 2: 1954-1967 - BCD 16922 CP
EAN 4000127169228  -  ISBN: 978-3-89916-589-0

 

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Magic Sam Blues Band: Black Magic
Art-Nr.: CDDE620
 

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(2015/Delmark) 18 tracks. Recorded on October 23 and November 6, 1968 Black Magic was released only days before Magic Sam's untimely passing on December 1, 1969. He was only 32! The album went on to win a W.C. Handy Award in the classic blues album category. This...

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Magic Sam: All Your Love
Art-Nr.: CD061920
 

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(1957/58 Cobra') (31:09/12) Linernotes: Bill Dahl.

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Magic Sam: Black Magic
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-Black Magic (1968) Delmark

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Magic Sam: Do The Camel Walk - Every Nite About This Tim
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(1961 'Chief') Jewel Repro! Light purpel Colored!

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Magic Sam: Live At The Avant Garde
Art-Nr.: CDDE833
 

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2013 'Delmark', 16 tracks. Recorded June/22, 1968. Magic Sam - voc/gtr, Big Mojo Elem - bass, Bob Richey - drums.

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Magic Sam: The Magic Sam Legacy
Art-Nr.: CDDD651
 

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(1966-68 'Delmark') (45:13/13) Ein wahrlich sensationelles Album mit zuvor unveröffentlichten Studioaufnahmen / a truly sensational release containing previously unrleased studio recordings

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Magic Sam: Magic Sam - Live
Art-Nr.: CDDE645
 

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One of a few Blues albums that simply have to be in any serious collection. A classic, high-energy guitar blues album. Sound quality is not matching today's standards.

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Magic Sam: Blues Classics
Art-Nr.: CDLR82008
 

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(1963/64/69 'L+R Records') (34:08/12)

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Magic Sam: West Side Soul
Art-Nr.: DS615
 

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-West Side Soul (1967) Delmark

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Magic Sam: Love Me With A Feeling b-w All Your Love 7inch, 45rpm
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Blues shouter with frantic guitar work and great vocals.

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Magic Sam & Shakey Jake: Live At Sylvio's
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(1968/69 'Rock Beat'((56:58/17) * recorded in Europe 1969

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Magic Sam: Live At The Avant Garde, June 22, 1968 (2-LP)
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(2014/Delmark) 18 tracks. Magic Sam - voc/gtr, Big Mojo Elem - bass, Bob Richey - drums.

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Magic Sam: Raw Blues!
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(1969 'Rock Beat Records') ((69:52/17) It's true. This is Magic Sam, one of the greatest blues guitar players who ever walked this planet. The recordings were made in a small club on the east side of the San Francisco bay. Although not professional, the recording...

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Magic Sam: 21 Days In Jail b-w Easy Baby 7inch, 45rpm
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HOT BLUES ROCKER with nice BLUES SHOUTER on the flip!

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Magic Sam: Give Me Time
Art-Nr.: CDDD654
 

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(1968 'Delmark') (38:14/12) Was für eine schöne Überraschung! Magic Sam - voc/gtr zu Hause im Wohnzimmer; unveröffentl.Amateuraufnahmen in akzeptabler Qualität / what a nice surprise! MAGIC SAM - voc/gtr, alone in his living room; amateur recordings that...

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Magic Sam: Rockin' Wild In Chicago
Art-Nr.: CDDG765
 

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(1963-68 'Delmark') (64:45/16) Unveröffentlichte Live-Aufnahmen von einem der größten Gitarristen aller Zeiten, der vor 33 Jahren mit mal gerade zweiunddreissig starb. Wie kaum ein zweiter hat er in den 60er Jahren den Westside-Sound geprägt. Diese Aufnahmen...

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Magic Sam: West Side Soul
Art-Nr.: CDDE615
 

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Re-issue of one the best Blues LPs of all times. According to Living Blues Magazine, this is one of the top ten island blues discs. Mastered from the original stereo masters, the sound is better than ever. Additionally, a previously unknown alternate version of...

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