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Sam Myers (February 19, 1936 – July 17, 2006) was an American blues musician and songwriter.
He was born in Laurel, Mississippi. Myers appeared as an accompanist on dozens of recordings for blues artists over the past five decades, and fronted one of the top blues bands in the world. He began his career as a drummer for Elmore James but was most famous as a blues vocalist and blues harp player. Myers was in high demand for his authentic delta blues sound. For nearly two decades he was the featured vocalist for Anson Funderburgh & The Rockets.
From the early 1960s until 1986, Myers worked the clubs in and around Jackson as well as across the South in the Chitlin' Circuit. He even found himself touring the world with Sylvia Embry and the Mississippi All-Stars Blues Band.
In 1986, Sam met Anson Funderburgh, from Piano, Texas, and joined Anson’s band, The Rockets. Myers toured all over the U.S. and the world with The Rockets, enjoying a partnership that endured until the time of his death from complications from throat cancer surgery on July 17, 2006.
That same year, the University Press of Mississippi published Myers'
autobiography titled Sam Myers: The Blues is My Story. Writer Jeff
Horton, whose work has appeared in Blues Revue and Southwest Blues,
chronicles Myers' history and delves into his memories of life on the
road with other legendary blues artists.
In January 2000, Myers was inducted into the Farish Street Walk of Fame in Jackson, Mississippi, an honor he shares with Dorothy Moore and Rice Miller (Sonny Boy Williamson II). In 2006, just months before Myers died, the governor of Mississippi presented Myers with the prestigious Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts and was named state Blues Ambassador by the Mississippi Arts Commission.