Sammy Price

Sammy Price

born on 6/10/1908 in Honey Grove, TX, United States

died on 14/4/1992 in New York City, NY, United States

Alias Samuel Blythe Price

Sammy Price

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Samuel Blythe Price (October 6, 1908 – April 14, 1992)[1] was an American jazz, boogie-woogie and jump blues pianist and bandleader.[2]

Life and career

Price was born in Honey Grove, Texas, United States.[3] During his early career, he was a singer and dancer[4] in local venues in the Dallas area. Price lived and played jazz in Kansas City, Chicago and Detroit. In 1938 he was hired by Decca Records as a session sideman on piano, assisting singers such as Trixie Smith and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.[5]

Price was most noteworthy for his work on Decca Records with his own band, known as the Texas Bluesicians, that included fellow musicians Don Stovall and Emmett Berry.[5] Price also had a decade-long partnership with Henry "Red" Allen.

Later in his life, Price partnered with the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City, and was the headline entertainment at the Crawdaddy Restaurant, a New Orleans themed restaurant in New York in the mid-1970s. Both Benny Goodman and Buddy Rich played with Price at this venue. in the 1980s he switched to playing in the bar of Boston's Copley Plaza.[5]

He died of a heart attack in April 1992, at home in Harlem, in New York City, at the age of 83.


  1. ^ Scott Yanow. "Sammy Price | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  2. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. p. 181. ISBN 1-904041-96-5. 
  3. ^ "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1992 - 1993". Retrieved 19 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Wynn, Ron (1994), Ron Wynn, ed., All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, p. 533, ISBN 0-87930-308-5 
  5. ^ a b c Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues - From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books Limited. pp. 156–157. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 

External links

  • Sammy Price at AllMusic
  • MIDI sequences of 18 compositions and arrangements by Sammy Price
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