Personalities | Magic Sam | Sixties | Jazz & Blues
(Guitar, vocals, 1937–69)
Along with peers Otis Rush and Buddy Guy, Mississippi native Samuel Maghett pioneered the ghetto-born mix of soul singing and guitar pyrotechnics that defined Chicago’s West Side sound. ‘Easy Baby’ and ‘All Your Love’, cut for Cobra in the 1950s, are his signature tunes, but his Delmark LP West Side Soul (1967) is a classic example of raw, open-hearted emotional expression. He died unexpectedly of a heart attack just as his career was gaining momentum.
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