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T.V. Slim

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Oscar “Television Slim” Wills’s hilarious story of the sad sack named “Smooth Feet Sam” briefly produced him a bankable name in 1957. Sam’s ongoing saga lasted much longer than Slim’s minute or two in the limelight, but that didn’t quit him from documenting through the entire 1960s. Affected by DeFord Bailey and both Sonny Boy Williamsons on harp and Acoustic guitar Thin on axe while surviving in Houston, Wills offered one of is own early compositions, “Dolly Bee,” to Don Robey for Junior Parker’s make use of on Duke Information before obtaining the itch to record himself. Compared to that end, he setup Speed Information, his personal label and resource for almost all of his result over the following dozen years. The very first edition of “Smooth Foot Sam” arrived on a little Shreveport logo design, Cliff Information, in 1957. Regional record guy Stan Lewis, later on who owns Jewel/Paula Records, apparently bestowed the vibrant nickname of Television Thin on Wills; he was a slim television repairman, therefore the deal with fit flawlessly. “Flat Feet Sam” generated adequate regional product sales to merit reissue on Checker, but its ragged sides will need to have rankled somebody in the Chicago label plenty of to convince Thin to recut it in very much tighter type in New Orleans using the vaunted studio room music group at Cosimo’s. This time around, Robert “Barefootin'” Parker blew a solid sax single, Chess A&R guy Paul Gayten dealt with piano responsibilities, and Charles “Starving” Williams laid down a quick second-line defeat. It became Slim’s biggest vendor when unleashed on another Chess subsidiary, Argo Information. Slim slice a torrent of 45s for Velocity, Checker, Pzazz, USA, Timbre, Excell, and Ideel from then on, chronicling the further activities of his primary mealticket with “Flatfoot Sam Produced a Wager,” “Smooth Feet Sam Met Jim Dandy,” and “Smooth Feet Sam #2.” Albert Collins later on protected Slim’s Speed waxing from the surreal “Don’t Reach Mix My Dish.” Wills passed away in an automobile wreck outside Klingman, AZ, in 1969 on the way home to LA after playing a day in Chicago.

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Full Name T.V. Slim
Music Songs Flat Foot Sam, Juvenile Delinquent, T-V Man, Your Kisses Changed Me, Dancing Señorita, To Prove My Love, Love Bounce, My Baby Is Gone, My Ship Is Sinking, You Can't Buy A Woman, Gravy Round Your Steak, Every Man Needs A Woman, Going To California, Don't Knock the Blues, My Heart's Full of Pain, Flat Foot Sam Meets Jim Dandy, Don't Reach Across My Plate, You Can't Love Me, You Can't Buy Love, Hold Me Close To Your Heart, I Can't Be Satisfied, Bad Understanding Blues, Tired Of Your Cheatin' And Lyin', The Fight, Flatfoot Sam Is Back, I'm A Real Man, Darling Forever, Rockin' Litttle Baby, You Just Won't Treat Me Right
Albums Flatfoot Sam - Essential Masters


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Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Queen City 2013 performer: "Rust Belt Woman"
The Chaperone 2011 writer: "Evil Woman Blues" - as Morris Holt
A Love Song for Bobby Long 2004 writer: "Early Every Morning" - as Morris Holt
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

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Queen City 2013 Duffy's Father
Folks! 1992 Blues Singer

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Self

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The 56th Annual Grammy Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Blues Guitarist / Singer (In Memoriam)
The Blues 2003 TV Series documentary Himself

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