Doug Sahm

Doug Sahm
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Guitarist, composer, arranger, and songwriter Doug Sahm was a knowledgeable music historian and veteran performer equally comfortable in a range of styles, including Texas blues, country, rock & roll, Western swing, and Cajun. Born November 6, 1941 in San Antonio, Texas, he began his performing career at age nine when he was featured on a San Antonio area radio station, playing steel guitar. Sahm began recording for a procession of small labels (Harlem, Warrior, Renner and Personality), in 1955 with "A Real American Joe" under the name Little Doug Sahm. Three years later he was leading a group called the Pharoahs. Sahm recorded a series of singles for Texas-based record companies including "Crazy Daisy" (1959), "Sapphire" (1961), and "If You Ever Need Me" (1964). After being prompted in 1965 to assemble a group by producer Huey Meaux, Sahm asked his friends Augie Meyers (keyboards), Frank Morin (saxophone), Harvey Kagan (bass) and Johnny Perez (drums), if they would join him. Meaux gave the group the name the Sir Douglas Quintet. The group had some success on the radio with "The Rains Came," but Sahm later moved to California after the group broke up, where he formed the Honkey Blues Band. He reformed his Quintet in California and recorded a now-classic single, "Mendocino." The resulting album was a ground-breaking record in the then-emerging country-rock scene. The Sir Douglas Quintet followed Mendocino with Together After Five, another album that led them to a larger fan base. But it was Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler who realized that country rock sounds were coming into vogue (and there was no place in Nashville for people like Sahm), so he signed both Sahm and Willie Nelson. One of his greatest albums, Doug Sahm and Band, (1973, Atlantic) was recorded in New York City with Bob Dylan, Dr. John, and accordionist Flaco Jimenez, and a resulting single, "Is Anybody Going To San Antone?" had some radio success. The Sir Douglas Quintet got back together again to record two more albums, Wanted Very Much Alive and Back To The 'Dillo. Among Sahm's most essential blues records are Hell of a Spell (1980, reissued in 1999), a blues album dedicated to Guitar Slim, and his Grammy-nominated studio album for Antone's, The Last Real Texas Blues Band. For his other material, there are several good compilations, including The Best of Doug Sahm (Rhino). SDQ '98 followed. Sahm died November 18, 1999; the posthumous The Return of Wayne Douglas appeared the following summer.
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02/28/2010 - 'Texas Tornado': Doug Sahm and his groove - Read More
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Average Rating : 5              Total Reviews: 9

Doug Sahm  05/11/2008            
tony m.
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Doug Sahm  12/13/2007            
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Doug Sahm  11/24/2007            
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Doug Sahm  01/19/2006            
i have about 20 doug sahm albums, and it's still not enough. he's one of the greatest of all time. he should be in every hall of fame!
Doug Sahm  05/03/2005            
John Burris
The "Return to Wayne Douglas" CD is one of the best independent CD's out today. It is great country music with quality sound. If you love country music, than you will love these recordings.
Doug Sahm  01/09/2005            
Al Moss
This is a fabulous collection of doug's atlantic recording sessions of the early 70's with a stellar cast of guests, and some amazing "in the studio" material that has not previously been released. If you are at all of fan of perhaps the greatest musical artist of all time, you MUST get this great release. Great notes in the booklet only add to the overall package.
Doug Sahm  06/21/2004            
tex-mex roller
Doug Sahm will always be at the heart of Texas Music. If you like any style of TEXAS music from traditional country (bob wills, leon payne, adolph hofner, willie nelson, ray price) or rock n roll (13th floor elevators, zz top, johnny winter) or blues/r&b (bobby bland, guitar slim, jr parker) to even cajun style (link davis, dr john) then DOUG SAHM is for you. In fact if you do not own at least one lp, cd, tape, 45 or even a downloaded free song then you might want to question your texas music americana roots! Sir Doug will be missed from san antone and austin to europe and japan, any thing he did alone or with the quintet or texas tornados is true to texas. i think i own everything he released and a week does not pass where i don't play @ least a jam or two. he is the genuine TEXAS GROOVER. get the new double cd of the Atlantic Sessions for start! Doug will take you all over the place with styles of music. Don't forget Doug Day october 23rd every year!
Doug Sahm  09/05/2001            
The Return of Wayne Douglas is a perfect C&W CD. The sound is classic and timeless.
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