Douglas Wayne Sahm, 6 November 1941, San Antonio, Texas, USA, d. 18 November 1999, Taos, New Mexico, USA. Sahm was a highly knowledgeable and superbly competent performer of Texan musical styles, whether they be blues, country, rock n roll, western swing, Cajun or polkas. A child prodigy, he appeared on radio at the age of five and became a featured player (steel guitar, fiddle and mandolin) on the The Louisiana Hayride radio programme, appearing with stars such as Webb Pierce, Hank Thompson, and Hank Williams. He made his recording debut on the Sarg imprint in 1955 with A Real American Joe under the name of Little Doug Sahm, and within three years was fronting the Pharaohs, the first of several rough-hewn backing groups including the Dell-Kings and the Markays. Sahm recorded a succession of singles for local labels, including his Little Richard pastiche Crazy Daisy (1959), Just A Moment/Sapphire (1961),...
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