Doug Sahm


Doug Sahm
Doug Sahm
Born November 6, 1941(1941-11-06)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died November 18, 1999(1999-11-18) (aged 58)
Taos, New Mexico, United States

Douglas Wayne Sahm (November 6, 1941 – November 18, 1999), was an American musician from Texas. Born in San Antonio, Texas, he was a child prodigy in country music, but became a significant figure in blues rock and other genres.[1] Today Sahm is considered one of the most important figures in what is identified as Tejano music. He was the founder and leader of the 1960s rock and roll band the Sir Douglas Quintet, and later with Augie Meyers, Freddy Fender and Flaco Jimenez in The Texas Tornados, and also in Los Super Seven supergroup.

Sahm was proficient on dozens of musical instruments and was a lifelong baseball fan.

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Country prodigy: 1940s and 1950s

Sahm began his musical career singing and playing steel guitar, mandolin and violin as "Little" Doug Sahm. He made his radio debut at the age five and released his first record "A Real American Joe" at age eleven. On December 19, 1952, he played on stage with Hank Williams Sr. at the Skyline Club in Austin, Texas. It was Hank Williams's very last performance. Williams died 13 days later (New Year's Day 1953) on the road to his next show in Canton, Ohio.

He is said to have been offered a permanent spot on the Grand Ole Opry, but his mother wanted him to finish junior high.

One of Sahm's earliest recordings was rejected by Mercury Records in 1953. Also in the mid-1950s, he started sneaking into San Antonio R&B clubs such as the Tiffany Lounge and the Ebony Lounge, and he was soon performing at the same venues.

Sahm formed his first band, the Knights, in 1957. Later in the decade, Sahm joined up with Spot Barnett's band playing mostly black San Antonio blues clubs. In 1960, Sahm travelled across the country promoting a record.[2]

He met Freddy Fender around 1958 and Roy Head of Roy Head and The Traits from San Marcos, TX in 1959 when they shared the stage at a sock hop in San Antonio's Municipal Auditorium.

Sir Douglas Quintet: 1960s

In 1965, prompted by record producer Huey Meaux, Sahm formed the Sir Douglas Quintet with childhood friend Augie Meyers. They chose the group's name in an effort to make the band seem British to benefit from the British invasion. This image had its problems, particularly Sahm's Texas accent and that two fifths of the band were Hispanic. Some early publicity photos were shot in silhouette to hide this fact.

The band had a top 20 US hit with the 12-bar blues "She's About a Mover" and a lesser hit with "The Rains Came," the former also reaching the Top Twenty in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

The band broke up after a bust for marijuana possession in Corpus Christi, Texas. Sahm moved to San Francisco and formed the Honkey Blues Band, then later re-formed the Sir Douglas Quintet with a new lineup. Eventually Augie Meyers rejoined the quintet and they released the successful single and album "Mendocino". The record contained the song "At the Crossroads" with the Sahm line "You just can't live in Texas if you don't have a lot of soul".

Bob Dylan stated, "Look, for me right now there are three groups: Butterfield, The Byrds and the Sir Douglas Quintet." [4]

Atlantic years: 1970s

In 1973, Jerry Wexler of Atlantic Records bought Sahm's contract and produced his solo debut Doug Sahm and Band, an album featuring Bob Dylan, Dr. John, David Bromberg and Flaco Jiménez.

"Then in October 1972, Dylan was in the studio with Doug Sahm..........Dylan having been friendly with Sahm since the mid-sixties and having expressed enthusiasm for the Sir Douglas Quintet on more than one occasion"[5]

Sahm continued recording both as a solo artist and with the Sir Douglas Quintet. During this period, Sahm also had a couple of minor motion picture roles. In 1972, he and the Quintet appeared with Kris Kristofferson in Cisco Pike and in 1979 he was featured in More American Graffiti.

Sahm was also a sought-after session musician, appearing on releases of other artists, including The Grateful Dead. He sang backing vocals on Willie Nelson's 1977 gospel album, The Troublemaker.

About a Mover: 1980s

In 1983, Sahm and Meyers signed with the Swedish Sonet label, and made several extensive European tours that revitalized their careers. The single "Meet Me In Stockholm" from their Midnight Sun LP went platinum and was one of the biggest selling records ever in Scandinavia. After an accident in 1985, Doug moved to Canada and then returned to Texas in 1988.

A Texas Tornado: 1990s

In 1990 Sahm formed Tex-Mex supergroup the Texas Tornados with Freddy Fender, Augie Meyers and Flaco Jimenez. The group recorded four albums and won a Grammy.

Sahm also appears on the 1993 Uncle Tupelo album Anodyne on the song "Give Back the Key to my Heart". Sahm recorded a Grammy-winning solo album, The Last Real Texas Blues Band and recorded with yet another new formation of the Sir Douglas Quintet for SDQ '98.

Sahm died of a heart attack in his sleep in a motel room in Taos, New Mexico on November 18, 1999.

A posthumous album, The Return of Wayne Douglas, was released in 2000. Sahm's son, Shawn Sahm, continues in his father's footsteps as the leader of his band, Shawn Sahm & The Tex Mex Experience. Father and son appeared together on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1968.[6] The surviving members of the Texas Tornados (Augie Meyers and Flaco Jimenez) reunited with Shawn Sahm on the 2010 release, Esta Bueno. Doug Sahm's other son, Shandon, played drums for The Meat Puppets from 1999 to 2002, and is their current drummer as of 2010.

Discography

Solo albums

  • 1970 – Together After Five (Evangeline)
  • 1973 – Doug Sahm and Band (Atlantic)
  • 1973 – Texas Tornado (Atlantic)
  • 1974 – Groover's Paradise (Collectors' Choice)
  • 1976 – Texas Rock for Country Rollers (Edsel)
  • 1980 – Hell of a Spell (Takoma)
  • 1987 – The Return of the Formerly Brothers (Rykodisc) with Amos Garrett and Gene Taylor
  • 1988 – Back to the 'Dillo (Edsel)
  • 1988 – Live (Bear Tracks)
  • 1989 – Juke Box Music (Antone's)
  • 1994 – The Last Real Texas Blues Band (Discovery)
  • 1998 – SDQ '98 (Watermelon)
  • 2000 – The Return of Wayne Douglas (Tornado)

Solo compilations

  • 2004 – He's About a Groover: An Essential Collection (Fuel 2000)
  • 2004 – Complete Atlantic Recordings (Rhino)
  • 2003 – The Genuine Texas Groover (Rhino Handmade)
  • 2001 – Son of San Antonio: The Roots of Sir Douglas (Music Club)
  • 2000 – San Antonio Rock: The Harlem Recordings 1957-1961 (Norton)
  • 2000 – In the Beginning (Aim)
  • 1995 – His Early Years (Collectables)
  • 1995 – Get on Up (Collectables)
  • 1992 – The Best of Doug Sahm's Atlantic Sessions (Rhino)
  • 1986 – Texas (Road Runner)
  • 1981 – Sir Douglas: His First Recordings (Charly)
  • 1979 – Sir Doug: Way Back When He Was Just Doug Sahm (Harlem Hitparade)

Recordings by other artists

See also

References

  1. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  2. ^ Brown, Andrew. liner notes from Doug Sahm: San Antonio Rock: the Harlem Recordings 1957-1961. Norton Records CED-274, 2000.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 503. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ 1960s......And Who Was Mr. Jones?' in All Across the Telegraph: A Bob Dylan Handbook, Ed. Michael Gray and John Bauldie
  5. ^ 1960s......And Who WasMr Jones?' in All Across the Telegraph: A Bob Dylan Handbook, Ed. Michael Gray and John Bauldie
  6. ^ 1968 Rolling Stone Covers : Photos : Rolling Stone

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Awards
First
None recognized before
AMA Presidents Award
2002
Succeeded by
Gram Parsons

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