KOSMO's VINYL of the Week:
This week we are in Sam C. Phillips Recording Studio, 639 Madison Ave, Memphis, in 1964, for Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs' "Wooly Bully", first released on the local XL label in December 1964...
Led by Dallas-born Domingo 'Sam' Samudio, Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs were a 5 piece, formerly known as The Nightriders, who had become the house band at The Diplomat in Memphis. Written and sung by Sam, "Wooly Bully" (local hipster phrase meaning "good for you") appears to be a reworking of "Hully Gully Now" by Big Bo & The Arrows, although it was Sam who added it's Tex-Mex flavour !
In the early days of what was to become punk rock, this was one of the early 60s tunes that became very popular on that scene and the first copy I owned was a cover version by Eddie & The Hot Rods." KV
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