MGM Singles

The MGM Singles

by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
     
 

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Formed in Dallas and led by a dynamic turban-wearing lead singer and organist named Domingo Samudio, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs were a garage bar band gone huge (it has been long rumored that they could play six hours straight without repeating a tune), and by mixing blues, R&B, and Tex-Mex together with a loopy sense of humor and sly lyrics, they stomped into pop

Overview

Formed in Dallas and led by a dynamic turban-wearing lead singer and organist named Domingo Samudio, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs were a garage bar band gone huge (it has been long rumored that they could play six hours straight without repeating a tune), and by mixing blues, R&B, and Tex-Mex together with a loopy sense of humor and sly lyrics, they stomped into pop history with the iconic party anthem "Wooly Bully," which hit the number two spot on the pop charts right in the middle of the British Invasion in 1965. Aside from that record, though, and "Li'l Red Riding Hood" a year later in 1966, the group wouldn't have that kind of chart success again, and Samudio and his band went down into most people's annals as a one-hit wonder. This irresistible set, which collects all of the Pharaohs' singles and B-sides for MGM Records between 1965 and 1968, plus Samudio's 1973 comeback single for the label (he had left MGM for Atlantic in 1970, only to return for that one release), proves there was a lot more to the story. Tracks like "Ju Ju Hand" (from 1965), "(I'm in With) The Out Crowd" (also 1966), "Banned in Boston" (1967), and "Old MacDonald Had a Boogaloo Farm" (1968) all display a delightfully subversive joy in being wryly silly, and they don't get in the way of dancing, either. Oh, and then there's the wonderful kiss-off single "I Couldn't Spell !!*@!" from 1968 -- no, Sam the Sham was far from being a one-hit wonder and the romping, stomping proof of that is collected here.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/22/2011
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771121929
catalogNumber:
11219
Rank:
43533

Tracks

  1. Wooly Bully
  2. Ain't Gonna Move
  3. Ju Ju Hand
  4. Big City Lights
  5. Ring Dang Doo
  6. Don't Try It
  7. Red Hot
  8. A Long Long Way
  9. Li'l Red Riding Hood
  10. Love Me Like Before
  11. The Hair On My Chinny Chin Chin
  12. (I'm In With) the Out Crowd
  13. How Do You Catch a Girl
  14. The Love You Left Behind
  15. Oh That's Good, No That's Bad
  16. Take What You Can Get
  17. Black Sheep
  18. My Day's Gonna Come
  19. Banned In Boston
  20. Money's My Problem
  21. Yakety Yak
  22. Let Our Love Light Shine
  23. Old MacDonald Had a Boogaloo Farm
  24. I Never Had No One
  25. I Couldn't Spell !!*@!
  26. The Down Home Strut
  27. Fate
  28. Oh Lo

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs   Primary Artist
Ray Stinnett   Guitar
Butch Gibson   Saxophone
Jerry Patterson   Drums
Dave Martin   Bass
Billy Bennett   Percussion,Drums
Samuel Domingo   Keyboards,Vocals
Tony "Butch" Gerace   Bass,Vocals
Frankie Carabetta   Keyboards,Saxophone,Vocals
Andy Kuha   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Leiber   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Stan Kesler   Producer
Bob McDill   Composer
Domingo "Sam" Samudio   Composer,Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Robert Tubert   Composer
Paul Gibson   Composer
DeWayne Blackwell   Composer
Ronald Blackwell   Composer
Scott Schinder   Liner Notes,Annotation
William Emerson   Composer
Wayne Thompson   Composer
John Morier   Composer

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