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(2004/GOLDEN LION) 92 tracks 1963-1968 - includes 6 original LP's plus bonus tracks and 16 page... more

Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs: The Complete Wooly Bully Years (3-CD)

(2004/GOLDEN LION) 92 tracks 1963-1968 - includes 6 original LP's plus bonus tracks and 16 page color booklet - digital remastered

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Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs - The Complete Wooly Bully Years (3-CD) CD 1
01 Wooly Bully
02 The Memphis Beat
03 I Found Love
04 Go-Go Girls
05 Every Woman I Know (Crazy 'bout An Auto)
06 Haunted House
07 Juimonos (Let's Went)
08 Shotgun
09 Sorry 'bout That
10 Gangster Of Love
11 Mary Lee
12 Long Tall Sally
13 Ju Ju Hand
14 Magic Touch
15 'cause I Love You
16 Medicine Man
17 That Old Black Magic
18 I've Got A Voo Doo Doll
19 Got My Mojo Working
20 The Gypsy
21 Witchcraft
22 Love Potion #9
23 Magic Man
24 Hoochie Cooche Man
25 Ain't Gonna Move
26 Monkey See, Monkey Do
27 Betty And Dupree
28 Man Child
29 How Does A Cheating Woman Feel
30 The Signifying Monkey
Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs - The Complete Wooly Bully Years (3-CD) CD 2
01 Red Hot
02 Big Blue Diamonds
03 Over You
04 Big City Lights
05 Like You Used To
06 Please Accept My Love
07 Ring Dang Doo
08 Save The Last Dance For Me
09 Let's Talk It Over
10 Mystery Train
11 Can't Make Enough
12 Uncle Willie
13 Li'l Red Riding Hood
14 Hanky Panky
15 Deputy Dog
16 Green'ich Grendel
17 Mary Is My Little Lamb
18 Sweet Talk
19 El Toro De Goro (The Peace Loving Bull)
20 The Phantom
21 Little Miss Muffet
22 Pharaoh-A-Go Go
23 Ring Them Bells
24 Grasshopper
25 The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin
26 (I'm In With) The Out Crowd
27 Standing Ovation
28 Ready Or Not
29 Don't Try It
30 A Long, Long Way
31 How Do You Catch A Girl
32 The Love You Left Behind
33 Wooly Bully
Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs - The Complete Wooly Bully Years (3-CD) CD 3
01 Black Sheep
02 Struttin'
03 I'm Not A Lover Anymore
04 Leave My Kitten Alone
05 Wanted Dead Or Alive
06 You Can't Turn Me Off
07 My Day's Gonna Come
08 The Cockfight
09 Let It Eat
10 Love Me Like Before
11 Groovin'
12 Old MacDonald Had A Boogaloo Farm
13 Stand By Me
14 The Down Home Strut
15 I Passed It By
16 It's Strange
17 Stagger Lee
18 Despair
19 If You Try To Take My Baby
20 Yakety Yak
21 Poison Ivy
22 A Little Bitty Thing Called Love
23 I Wish It Were Me
24 Oh That's Good, No That's Bad
25 Take What You Can Get
26 Banned In Boston
27 Money's My Problem
28 Let Our Love Light Shine
29 I Never Had No One
For Domingo Samudio, coming up with a Top Five hit was as easy as "uno, dos, one, two, tres,... more
"Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs"

For Domingo Samudio, coming up with a Top Five hit was as easy as "uno, dos, one, two, tres, cuatro." Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs broke out of obscurity in Texas to place "Wooly Bully" at the top of the charts in 1965. Domingo Samudio (his friends called him Sam) always wanted to be in show business. At his Dallas high school, he formed a rock-and-roll band with Trini Lopez who later scored a Top Five hit with "If I Had a Hammer" in 1963. After graduation, and following a four-year stint in the Navy, Sam studied classical music, moonlighting as a rock and roller in the evenings. The rigid regimen of college wasn't for him, and, after two years, he quit to become a carny. But the draw of music was stronger than the lure of carnival life, and soon he was back in the clubs, playing keyboard for a variety of bands. In 1963, he decided to start his own group. He needed a catchy name. One night, a musician gave Sam a new nickname. Watching Sam gyrate around the stage when he sang, the guy called him a sham artist — R & B slang for someone who dances, shaking his hips as he performs. Sam the Sham — he liked the sound of it. It was a good start, but he still needed a name for the backup musicians. A trip to the local bijou solved that problem. Taking in Me Ten Commandments, the band members thought the king of Egypt looked rather hip. That next day, they became the Pharaohs, investing a few dollars in brightly colored material to make flamboyant Arab-inspired stage clothes.

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' good-time shows quickly gained a following in the Texas clubs, and a handful of independent single releases fared well locally. In 1964, MGM Records came calling, offering to bring Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs' rollicking sound to a larger audience. Sam had the perfect song for the first single. It was a dance song, featuring a heavy beat provided by drummer Jerry Patterson. With words based on "The Hully Gully," a popular dance that had been the subject of several hits ("Baby Hully Gully" by the Olympics, "Hully Gully Again" by Little Caesar and the Romans and "Hully Gully Baby" by the Dovells), Sam was sure he had a song that couldn't miss. In the studio, just minutes before they were set to record, an MGM executive notified the band that MGM wasn't interested in releasing another "Hully Gully" record. They would have to come up with something else. Sam counted in the band, making up new lyrics on the spot.

Wooly Bully was the name of his cat and fit the meter of "Hully Gully," so he started from there. He improvised a whole new set of lyrics as the band recorded three takes of the song. The now-famous Tex-Mex "Uno, dos, one, two, tres, cuatro" countdown to the song was also done on the spur of the moment. Sam wanted it taken off the record, but the rest of the band loved it. So the bilingual opening stayed.

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