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T.V. Slim

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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