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Doug Sahm

On 6 November 1941 a Texas Tornado was born in San Antonio. For the next fifty-eight years, he would sing the blues, rock and roll, country-western, swing, any type of music you care to name. By the age of six, this Texas livewire was fluent on the triple-neck steel guitar, mandolin, fiddle and guitar....playing tunes by ear. In 1952 the man who was to be nicknamed ’The Texas Tornado’ performed with the legendary Hank Williams in Austin. In 1964 the British invasion had hit America and the soul of every teen and young adult including Douglas Wayne Sahm.


Doug Sahm, born and raised in San Antonio, then formed a group patterning themselves on the success of the British bands, aptly named the Sir Douglas Quintet. A year later ’She’s About a Mover’ topped the charts. The hit ’Mendocino’ followed. Playing with Sir Douglas, as Doug Saldana, Wayne Douglas, Samm Dogg, Sahm played the music with emotion and feeling....the music was his life.


In 1989 the Texas Tornados were born, their name being taken from Doug’s nickname. Joining Sahm were long-time friend Augie Meyers, and Mexicano legends Freddy Fender and Flaco Jiminez. Country-western with the Tejano beat.


Doug Sahm passed away on 18 November 1999 in Taos, New Mexico. He had gone there for a working holiday, more musical ideas filled his head. The world of music will miss Doug Sahm, a man with more vision than some men dream about. Texas will miss its icon in Austin. The stage will miss the hyper musician with the infectious smile.

We miss you too, Doug
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