Sam Neely

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Sam Neely
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Sam Neely in 1972
Background information
Born (1948-08-22)August 22, 1948
Cuero, Texas
Died July 19, 2006(2006-07-19) (aged 57)

Sam Neely (August 22, 1948 – July 19, 2006) was an American country musician.

Born in Cuero, Texas, Neely began playing guitar at age ten. After moving with his family to Corpus Christi, he began playing in bands, including local group Buckle. He made an appearance on the Merv Griffin Show in 1968 and was asked to write a song for the film Tilt; though the movie was not released until 1978, it did include Neely's "Long Road to Texas".[1] Neely scored a string of minor hits in the 1970s on the country and pop charts, and released a few albums which saw sales success. In 1978, he moved back to Corpus Christi and became the house musician for the Electric Eel. In 1983 he made a comeback on MCA Records.

Neely collapsed and died while mowing his lawn on July 19, 2006. He was 58.



Year Album Chart Positions
1971 Long Road to Texas
1972 Loving You Just Crossed My Mind 147
1973 Two 175
1974 Down Home 202
1981 Two of a Kind
2004 Son of the South


Year Song Peak chart
US Country US
1972 "Loving You Just Crossed My Mind" 29
1973 "Rosalie" 43
1974 "Sadie Take a Lover" 103
"You Can Have Her" 49 34
1975 "I Fought the Law" 61 54
1977 "Sail Away" 98 84
1983 "The Party's Over (Everybody's Gone)" 78
"When You Leave That Way You Can Never Go Back" 77
1984 "Old Photographs" 81


  1. ^ Sam Neely at Allmusic
  2. ^ Billboard,
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 27. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.