Magic Sam
I'll Pay You Back

Samuel "Magic Sam" Gene Maghett (born February 14, 1937, Grenada, Mississippi) was a well-respected blues guitarist who toured extensively and released several acclaimed albums during the 50s and 60s.

A lot of blues artists around during the funk years dabbled with the genre hoping to get a money-making hit in the charts or maybe just for sh*ts and giggles.

Sam's humorously mean-spirited reworking of the Isley's "It's Your Thing" is full of lines like "If you kick my dog, I'll beat your cat" (?) and represents a foray into funk for him and fellow blues and R&B musician Bobby Rush who wrote and produced the single. The b-side, titled 'Sam's Funk', is an instrumental version.

Though undated, it's safe to assume this recording dates from mid 1969 as the Isley's hit was only released in January of 1969 and Magic Sam died later that year of a heart attack at the age of only 32.

Artist: Magic Sam
A: I'll Pay You Back
B: Sam's Funk
Label: Bright Star
Cat#: 11-1037


1 comment:

  1. You might be interested to know that I have a DJ copy of the same tracks that came out on Minit.