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, U.S.
DiedJuly 19, 2006(2006-07-19) (aged 57)
Corpus Christi, Texas, U.S.
GenresCountry, folk
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist, performer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1970s
LabelsA&M, Astro, Capitol, Elektra, MCA, Taliesyn

Sam Neely (August 22, 1948 – July 19, 2006) was an American country and folk music musician, singer-songwriter, recording artist, and performer.

Born in Cuero, Texas, Neely began playing guitar at age ten. After moving with his family to Corpus Christi, Texas, 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 track, "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.

On July 19, 2006, Neely collapsed and died while mowing his lawn at his home in Corpus Christi. He was 57. A funeral mass was held at St. Patrick Catholic parish in Corpus Christi on July 23, 2006.

Select discography[edit]


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
2000 Son of the South
2002 Sam Neely


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 "Sanctuary (promo)" [4]
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 978-0-89820-188-8.
  4. ^ "Sanctuary - Sam Neely | 7inch | Recordsale".