Domingo "Sam" Samudio was born in Dallas on March 6th, 1937 to Spanish-speaking parents of Mexican descent. One of three children, Samudio was primarily raised by his father due to the untimely passing of his mother.
He began singing in the second grade when he was chosen to represent his school in a live radio performance, and began playing the guitar several years later. Following graduation, Samudio joined the Navy and lived in Panama for six years. During his deployment, Samudio often acted as the M.C. during dances and became a crowd favorite due to his onstage antics.
In 1961, Samudio returned home to Texas and enrolled in music history courses at UT Arlington. "I was studying classical in the daytime and playing rock and roll at night," he recalled to Texas Monthly. Inspired by the costumes worn in the film The Ten Commandments, Samudio named his first band the Pharaohs and they adopted the flamboyant style of the Egyptians in the movie. Although this original iteration of the Pharaohs would prove to be short-lived, the ideas that they established laid a foundation for the musical sounds to come.
This looks soo good. What a cool guy. Congrats, Sam the Sham.
Excellent job on the site. You got Sam in a nutshell. O, but there’s so much more to the Man. He and I appreciate your work. For
any other information or anything, don’t hesitate to ask.
we´re from the german Sam The Sham fan club and we met you 2002 in Stuttgart. I have showed you my special photoalbum with rare photos of you´re band.
You talked with Bodo Kester and me and you had given me after the conversation a fan T-Shirt. I had given you a german magazin about you´re record biography. For us it was an unforgettable night !!!
I have some super rare pictures of you´re show in Hamburg at the Star-Club in 1965. If you´re interested at these pictures, let me know…
I wish you the best !
Greets Fred Gibhardt
I just listened to Sam’s “Hard & Heavy” album. I can’t believe I had never heard this before! It offers back-to-back great rocking tracks. I thought I heard some Allman sound in there and then read that Mr. Samudio had the pleasure of working with Duane. Very cool. I’m 52 and look forward to sharing this album and some of your earlier work with my 13 and 16 year old boys who love good music. Just hope that Mr. Samudio knows how much his music is touching another generation!
I had the pleasure of working with Sam from 2006 until 2010. He was a wonderful person and a creative talent that encouraged personal creativity in those he worked with and those around him. I gained a great education and appreciation in music from one of the best and brightest, one of the true forefathers of Memphis Rock & Roll. God Bless You Sam!
When we were children, my parents had a wonderful “Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs” album that my kid brother played for years. “Wooly Bully” may have been his biggest hit, but for us it was “Haunted House and the Memphis beat songs that we loved the most. I’m a lifelong guitarist, musician and songwriter who owes Mr. Samudio a great deal for what I do. I appreciate him for the music he brought into my life and the guitar lessons he and his bandmates gave me by listening to their music!
What a thrill to hear my two favorite songs once again – “Wooly Bully” and “Lil’ Red Ridin’ Hood.” It brings me back to my younger days of the 1960s! They don’t write music like they use to. Wish you all the best.
A beautiful remembrance! My brother and I traveled to Memphis in 1992 just to meet Mr. Samudio. It was a great week. In his car (Dodge?) he showed us the City of Memphis. Some years later we met him again, this time in Antwerp, Belgium, where he performed with other sixties stars like Chris Montez, the Sweet and Mud. Nic and Peter from Holland
When my kids were little they knew there were a couple of things that required dropping any current conversations… they were Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” and the formidable “Wooly Bully” by Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs. Thank you, Mr. Samudio.