A foreshortened live set by The Sam Mitchell Blues Band featured in BBC TV's “Sight and Sound in Concert”: http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/series/13411 In the early '80s, I knew Sammy socially, and attended numerous packed gigs in London's Putney/Fulham area by the 3-piece Sam Mitchell Blues Band. His inventive slide solos positively blistered, while his technique effortlessly encompassed the smooth and the melodic too. With a soulful singing voice, he occupied centre stage with great ease. He played Jimi Hendrix's 'Little Wing' with an authority he had earned.
His bass player, Steve Slack, went on to join The UK Subs, while his song 'Rubber Leg Boogie' was named in honour of the dancing style of the actual Rubber Legs, Paul Randle. Sammy's collection of Blues albums represented a unique history lesson in itself. From the mid-'80s a member of Denmark's popular The Sandmen, other notable collaborations produced several albums with Dana Gillespie (Ambassador of the Risqué Blues), a joint album with Serbia's Homesick Mac, and a long association with Chris Jagger. Sammy had returned to live in Liverpool, and he died there in 2006, aged 56, having been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease a few years earlier. John Conroy, his friend and fellow musician, was the only non-family member to attend the funeral. T.P. Keating (2008) at http://www.freewebs.com/sammitchell/ Read more on Last.fm.
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