Sam Myers

 

February 19, 1936 – July 17, 2006

Recording history: late 1950’s for Ace, early 1960’s for Fury, late 1970’s-early 1980’s for TJ Records, mid 1980’s-2000’s with Anson Funderburgh & the Rockets for Black Top/Bullseye Blues, 2004 for Electro-Fi

Also recorded with: Elmore James, Mississippi Delta Blues Band, Snooks Eaglin, Nick Moss

Important/historic recordings: “Sleeping In The Ground”, “Sad, Sad Lonesome Day”, “My Love Is Here To Stay”, “Rhythm With Me”

Random fact: Though primarily known for his 20-year stint touring the world, singing and playing harmonica with Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets, Sam Myers also played with the great Elmore James though the 1960’s not only on harmonica, but also recorded & performed with him on drums as well.

About: Born Samuel Joseph Myers in Mississippi, Sam actually started out on trumpet & drums and became proficient enough to earn himself a music scholarship in Chicago. From the early 1950’s on, Sam was jamming and performing with some of the great talents in the Windy City, including Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Rogers and Elmore James, with whom he would back up on drums during live performances and gigs for the better part of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. In the 1960’s he moved back in the Jackson, MS area and performed mostly in the local surrounding areas and recorded on the TJ Records label on his own and with the Mississippi Delta Blues Band.

In the mid 1980’s Sam met up with Texas guitar talent Anson Funderburgh and started recording and performing (on vocals & harmonica) with Anson & The Rockets. This lead to tours worldwide and many acclaimed albums for the Black Top & Bullseye labels, being billed as Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets featuring Sam Myers. Sam had one final solo recording left in him – “Coming From The Old School” on Electro-Fi (2004) before he passed in 2006.

Recommended Recordings in-print:

  • “Blues Harmonica Wizards” – Official (great early sides, along with plenty of cool tracks of early “Papa” Lightfoot)
  • “My Love Is Here To Stay” – Black Top (great early release with Anson Funderburgh)
  • “Sins” - Black Top (great release with Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets)
  • “Rack’em Up” - Black Top (great release with Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets)
  • “Tell Me What I Want To Hear” – Black Top (great release with Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets)

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