Magic Sam - North America
If Samuel “Magic Sam” Maghett hadn’t died from a heart attack in 1969 at the age of 32, it’s possible he would have gone on to become one of the great names in the history of the Chicago blues. Born in Grenada, Mississippi, he moved to Chicago in 1956 and quickly established himself as a leading figure in redefining the sound of the blues for a new generation.
In 1963, his single “Feelin’ Good (We’re Gonna Boogie)” earned him national buzz, and, after a well-received performance at the 1969 Ann Arbor Blues Festival, his star was definitely on the rise. Magic Sam died suddenly in 1969, having released just two studio albums. Since his death, a number of live recordings, demos and unfinished studio tracks have been released, leading many to wonder what would have been had he lived longer.
“I have the Same Old Blues” was written by Little Milton and Oliver Sain and originally recorded by Little Milton in 1959. Magic Sam’s version appeared on his 1968 album Black Magic on the Delmark imprint. His distinctive wavering guitar style and high vocal range can be heard on this, now classic, track.