|Also known as||Lovin' Sam from Down in 'Bam, Lovin' Sam Theard, Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Sam Tarpley|
October 10, 1904|
New Orleans, United States
|Died||December 7, 1982
Los Angeles, United States
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, singer comedian|
|Years active||Late 1920s–1970s|
Samuel Allen Theard (New Orleans, 10 October 1904 - 7 December 1982, Los Angeles), was a singer, song-writer, actor and comedian. He also performed as Lovin' Sam Theard and a variety of other names.
His first recordings, as Lovin' Sam from Down in 'Bam, accompanied by Tampa Red and Cow Cow Davenport, date from 1929, when he recorded one of his best-known songs, "(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You", for Brunswick Records in 1929 with Cow Cow Davenport, and which was covered by several artists.
He recorded for Brunswick from 1929 to 1931.
In 1930, he also recorded for the Gennett label as Sam Tarpley, and for Decca in 1934 (backed by pianist Albert Ammons). In 1936, again for Decca, he recorded "New Rubbing On That Darned Old Thing", which would later be recorded by Grateful Dead as "The Rub". In 1937, he recorded "Spo-Dee-O-Dee" for Vocalion, and a watered-down version for Decca in 1940.
His last recording as Lovin’ Sam was for the Bluebird label in 1938.
Using the name Spo-Dee-O-Dee, Theard performed as a comedian at the Apollo Theater in Harlem during the 1930s and '40s, and also recorded under that name in 1941. Another well-known song, co-written with Louis Jordan, but credited to his wife, Fleecie Moore, was "Let the Good Times Roll", written in 1942, which became a hit a few years later when Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five recorded it in 1946, one of many Theard compositions recorded by Jordan. Theard would later appear in Jordan's film Caldonia.
“Stormy Night Blues”, co-written with Henry Glover and Teddy Brannon was recorded by Wynonie Harris in 1950, and the following year, Eddie “Cleanhead" Vinson recorded “Home Boy”, co-written with Brannon and Roy Eldridge recorded another Heard-Brannon composition, “Baby, What’s the matter with You?”
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