Week 10 - Survivor Blues History

Week 10: "Out of Bad Luck"

Originally by Magic Sam

(Samuel Gene Maghett -February 14, 1937 – December 1, 1969).



Walter Talks About the Song: 


"He was born in Grenada Country Mississippi, and moved to Chicago in 1956. At a recording session in 1957, his bass player coined his stage name Magic Sam – a creative take on his actual name.


He recorded and performed until he died of a heart attack at age 32. Sam never really achieved wide spread success, but for years, he has been revered and loved by blues fans – especially musicians. In the film, The Blues Brothers, Jake Blues dedicates the band’s performance of Sweet Home Chicago to “the late, great Magic Sam.”


Sam was also one of the finest songwriters of the blues and this song is one of his lesser-known numbers. I was drawn to it both by the guitar lick that answers the vocal lines, and the lyrical content in which the singer may be down, but he’s “on his way back up again.” I guess that is something we can all relate to."


Sam's Version:


Our Version:



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