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May 1, 2015

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Magic Sam | West Side Soul

May 1, 2015

Samuel Gene Maghett entered Cobra’s recording studios in 1957 as “Good Rocking Sam,” and luckily for all of us, some other Samuel was already laying claim to the clunky sobriquet. Maybe it really was Sam’s old friend and bass player Mack Thompson who suggested swapping Maghett out for Magic, or maybe label talent scout Willie Dixon had the bright idea. Whatever the circumstances, the recent Mississippian transplant re-dubbed Magic Sam dropped a bomb on Chicago’s West Side, the…

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