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  • Barry Mazor
    From another group: Blues legend Sam Myers, 70, dies By Carey Miller Blues musician Sam Myers died today in Dallas. He was 70. The cause of death was throat
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 18, 2006
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      From another group:

      Blues legend Sam Myers, 70, dies

      By Carey Miller


      Blues musician Sam Myers died today 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.

      A native of Laurel, Myers began his musical career in Jackson during
      the heyday of Farish Street in the late '40s and early '50s.

      After moving to Chicago to attend music school, Myers met and performed
      with numerous blues legends, including Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.

      He served as drummer for the great Elmore James on a steady basis from
      1952-1963. In 1956 in Jackson, he wrote and recorded his most famous single,
      Sleeping in the Ground, a song that has been covered by Eric Clapton,
      Robert Cray, Steve Winwood's Blind Faith and others.

      Myers spent most of the '60s and '70s performing on the chitlin circuit, a
      network of black clubs in and around the South.

      In 1986, Myers began his most fruitful musical collaboration with Texas
      guitarist Anson Funderburgh, joining his band The Rockets as harmonica
      player, vocalist and songwriter. Together they cut a number of albums
      over a nearly 20-year period, the latest being 2003's Which Way is
      Texas?

      Myers' final release was his acclaimed 2004 solo album, Coming from
      the Old School.

      Funeral arrangements are pending. A memorial is being planned for
      Saturday on Farish Street by Jesse Robinson, a fellow Jackson bluesman
      and longtime friend of Myers'.
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