Samuel "Magic Sam" Gene Maghett (1937-1969) was born in Mississippi. He learned to play the blues from listening to records by Muddy Waters and Little Walter. After moving to Chicago at the age of nineteen, he was signed by Cobra Records and became well known as a bluesman after his first record, "All Your Love" in 1957. In 1963, he gained national attention for his single "Feelin' Good (We're Gonna Boogie)". In 1967, he recorded West Side Soul, one of the finest blues albums ever. His life and career was cut short when he suddenly died of a heart attack at theage of 32. "West Side Soul is one of the great blues albums, one of the key albums (if not the key album) of modern electric blues. This is a record that is exploding with life, a record with so much energy, it doesn't sound old." Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide)
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