Sammy Price

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Sammy Price
Wilbur De Paris, Sammy Price, Sidney De Paris, Eddie Barefield, and Charlie Traeger, Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, ca. July 1947 (William P. Gottlieb 02031).jpg
Price (background) with Wilbur De Paris (left), Sidney De Paris, Eddie Barefield and Charlie Traeger, Jimmy Ryan's (Club), New York, c. July 1947. Photograph by William P. Gottlieb.
Background information
Born (1908-10-06)October 6, 1908
Honey Grove, Texas, United States
Died April 14, 1992(1992-04-14) (aged 83)
New York City, United States
Genres Jazz, jump blues
Occupation(s) Pianist, singer, dancer
Instruments Piano
Associated acts Henry "Red" Allen

Sammy Price (October 6, 1908 – April 14, 1992)[1] was an American jazz, boogie-woogie and jump blues pianist and bandleader.[2] He was born Samuel Blythe Price, in Honey Grove, Texas, United States.[3] 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.[4] The artist was equally notable for his decade-long partnership with Henry "Red" Allen.

During his early career, Price was a singer and dancer[5] 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.[4]

Later in his life, he partnered with the Roosevelt Hotel in New York, 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.[4]

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


  1. ^ Allmusic biography
  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. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ 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 

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