Sam Lay

Genres: Blues
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Decades: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 March 1935, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. The drummer Fred Below put the backbeat into the blues and elevated the records of Muddy Waters and Little Walter, among a host of others, into defining statements. Close behind him is Sam Lay, the inventor of the ‘double shuffle’. Lay began playing drums at 14 and joined his first band, the Moon Dog Combo, in 1956. The following year he joined the Thunderbirds, before spending 1959 in Little Walter’s band. He then became the backbone of Howlin’ Wolf’s band, where he stayed from 1960 to 1966. He was the driving force behind ‘Down In The Bottom’, ‘The Red Rooster’, ‘Goin’ Down Slow’, ‘Built For Comfort’ and ‘Killing Floor’. He then joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, played on the group’s first two influential albums and also backed Bob Dylan on his controversial electric debut at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. In the ensuing years, he...

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