Personalities | Sam Lay | Sixties | Jazz & Blues

(Drums, vocals, b. 1935)

Shuffle master Lay was an important figure in the racial integration of 1960s blues. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama and moved to Chicago, where he played with Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and other Chess Records artists. He joined the Paul Butterfield Blues Band for its first two albums and played on Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited as well as Dylan’s electric debut at Newport in 1965. Lay leads his own band today and has also recently recorded with the Siegel-Schwall Band.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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