Magic Sam. Period. End of Story.

Oh, you don’t know who he is? I’m not shocked. He’s not named Muddy, or Jimi, or Jimmy, or B.B., or Keith. But none of that matters. His name is Magic and prepare to have your ears blown off.

His real name is Samuel Maghett. Born in Mississippi in 1937, Sam ventured to Chicago to join the West Side blues scene. In the late 19050s he recorded for Cobra Records and gained a reasonably sizable fan base before being drafted into the Army.

Magic Sam playing Earl Hooker’s guitar on Magic Sam’s Boogie — 1969.