A vocal/instrumental R&B trio from Chicago, Illinois, USA, the Cats ‘N’ Jammers are one of the best representatives of the 40s jive/vocal harmony groups who created a fusion sound of jazz, pop, and blues in the immediate post-war years. Members were Adam Lambert (guitar), Sylvester Hickman (bass), and Bill Samuels (piano, lead vocals), and each had experience in other groups before coming together in 1945. The trio was soon featured on Dave Garroway’s radio show, which brought them to the attention of the newly formed Mercury Records. They had immediate success with their very first release, ‘I Cover The Waterfront’ (number 3 R&B), and also had considerable success with ‘Port Wine’ (number 5 R&B) in 1946. The Cats ‘N’ Jammers left Mercury in 1949 and then recorded for Miracle Records as the Bill Samuels Trio. The group broke up shortly afterwards, when Samuels moved to Minnesota.
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