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Magic Sam’s debut, released on Delmark in 1967, introduced the world to Chicago’s West Side sound. This isn’t the beefy swagger of the city’s Chess era. The elegant and stylish bluesman’s reedy yelp and tremolo-laden guitar reflect a love for Motown’s sweet melodicism (“That’s All I Need”) and lean, rocking swing (“I Feel So Good - I Wanna Boogie”). Even when Magic Sam gets low, down and dirty on J.B. Lenoir’s “Mama, Mama - Talk to Your Daughter”, he sounds disarmingly sophisticated.


Born: 14 February 1937 in Grenada, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '50s, '60s

No blues guitarist better represented the adventurous modern sound of Chicago's West side more proudly than Sam Maghett. He died tragically young (at age 32 of a heart attack), just as he was on the brink of climbing the ladder to legitimate stardom, but Magic Sam left behind a thick legacy of bone-cutting blues that remains eminently influential around his old stomping grounds to this day. Maghett (one of his childhood pals was towering guitarist Morris Holt, who received his Magic Slim handle...
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