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Kirk
My Friend Sam Myers died yesterday.
Sam was the last of the blues shouters.
When he was born he had one eye larger than the other,
Grandma said he was the devil,
the 3rd time she poisoned him he was just 9 years old but he knew it was time to leave home.
He gained a scar across his forehead when he called his good friend and room mate J.B. Lenoir "Jenny Bell",
Jenny Frisbee'd a large glass ashtray at him for it, nearly took the top of his head off.
One of the best drummers the blues ever saw, when Sam played the harmonica you could hear centuries of soul in a single note.
I'll miss that man.
Kirk
Sam Myers
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Sam Myers was an award-winning blues musician and songwriter. He was born in Laurel, Mississippi on February 19, 1936. Myers has appeared as an accompanist on many dozens of recordings for the elite of the blues universe over the past five decades, and himself fronts one of the top blues bands in the world. He began his career as a drummer for legendary bands, and is now most famous (a) as a blues vocalist, and (b) as a harmonica player in high demand for his authentic delta blues sound. For nearly two decades he has been the featured vocalist for the premier blues band, Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets.

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Myers acquired an interest in music while a schoolboy in Jackson, Mississippi and became skilled enough at playing the trumpet and drums that he received a non-degree scholarship from the American Conservatory School of Music in Chicago. Myers attended school by day and at night frequented the nightclubs of the South Side of Chicago, meeting and sitting in with Jimmy Rogers, Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf, Little Walter, Hound Dog Taylor, Robert "Junior" Lockwood, and Elmore James. Myers played drums with Elmore James on a fairly steady basis from 1952 until James's death in 1963, and is credited on many of James's historic recordings for Chess Records. In 1956, Myers wrote and recorded what was to be his most famous single, “Sleeping In The Ground”, a song that has been covered by Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, and many other blues artists.

From the early 1960s until 1986, Myers worked the clubs in and around Jackson as well as across the South in the Chitlin' Circuit. He even found himself touring the world with Sylvia Embrey and the Mississippi All-Stars Blues Band. Then in 1986, Sam met Anson Funderburgh, from Plano, Texas, and joined Anson’s band, The Rockets. That partnership has endured to this day. Myers has toured all over the U.S.A. and the world with The Rockets.

Sam Myers died July 17, 2006 in Dallas. He was 70. The cause of death was throat cancer, which the award-winning harmonica player and vocalist had been battling since December 2004.

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Awards
The Rockets have been repeatedly acclaimed as one of the best live blues bands in existence. Myers and The Rockets have collectively won nine W. C. Handy Awards, including three "Band of the Year" awards and the 2004 award for Best Traditional Album of the Year. In 2005, Myers was nominated for Traditional Blues Album of the Year for his record, Coming From The Old School.[1]

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External links
Blues on Stage profile of Sam Myers
Official website
Anson Funderburgh's web site — features biography, discography, tour dates, etc.
Press release
Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Myers"
Categories: Blues musicians | 1936 births | Living people

sixela
Yeah, we heard it from Eric. I'm sorry for the both of you.
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