Samuel Gene Maghett, 14 February 1937, Grenada County, Mississippi, USA, d. 1 December 1969, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Although Maghetts immediate family were not musical, he received encouragement from his uncle, Shakey Jake, a popular blues singer on Chicagos west side. Maghett arrived in the city in 1950 and by the age of 20 had secured a recording contract with Eli Toscanos Cobra Records, an emergent independent label. He also changed his name from Good Rocking Sam to Magic Sam. Debut single, All Your Love, a compulsive, assured performance that highlighted Sams crisp guitar figures, set the pattern for several subsequent releases, but progress faltered upon his induction into the army in 1959. Not a natural soldier, Sam deserted after a couple of weeks service and was subsequently caught and sentenced to six months imprisonment. He was given a dishonourable discharge on release, but the experience had undermined...
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