b. 31 August 1918, Eula, Texas, USA. With the encouragement of his grandfather, he started singing cowboy songs and playing guitar as a child. In the early 30s, he played regularly on KNEL Brady but by 1937, he was performing, as Sam Nichols The Roaming Cowboy, on the powerful XEPN Border Radio station at Eagle Pass. Here, like contemporaries Slim Rinehart and Nevada Slim, he dressed the part, sold his songbooks and proved a popular artist. He remained at XEPN until he joined the US Navy during World War II. After his discharge, he relocated to California, where he worked the clubs, made a few brief film appearances and toured with Gene Autry and Spade Cooley. He recorded for Memo in 1946, before being signed by MGM Records, and he recorded for that label with session musicians, led by Porky Freeman, dubbed for the recordings the Melody Rangers. He wrote several songs that were also recorded by others, especially "That Wild And Wicked Look In Your Eye", which in 1948 became a Top 10 hit for Ernest Tubb, and "I'm Telling You", which proved popular for Nichols but suffered at the hands of an Audrey Williams recording. He left the music business in 1972 and settled on a ranch near Sonora, Texas.
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