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Peg Leg Sam

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Biography

Peg Leg Sam was a performer to be treasured, a member of what may have been the last authentic traveling medicine show, a harmonica virtuoso, and an extraordinary entertainer. Born Arthur Jackson, he acquired his nickname after a hoboing accident in 1930. His medicine show career began in 1938, and his repertoire — finally recorded only in the early '70s — reflected the rustic nature of the traveling show. "Peg" delivered comedy routines, bawdy toasts, and monologs; performed tricks with his harps (often playing two at once); and served up some juicy Piedmont blues (sometimes with a guitar accompanist, but most often by himself). Peg Leg Sam gave his last medicine-show performance in 1972 in North Carolina and was still in fine fettle when he started making the rounds of folk and blues festivals in his last years. ~ Jim O'Neal, Rovi

Birth Name:

Arthur Jackson

Born:

18 December 1911 in Jonesville, SC

Genre
Years Active:

'20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

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