Best known for their 1965 smash "Wooly Bully," which helped introduce Tex-Mex rhythms to mainstream rock & roll, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs were formed in Dallas by lead singer Domingo Samudio, who took the name Sam the Sham from a joke about his inability as a vocalist. The Pharaohs consisted of guitarist Ray Stinnet, bassist David Martin, saxophonist Butch Gibson, and drummer Jerry Patterson. Before hitting it big with "Wooly Bully," a song about Samudio's cat, they recorded the independent single "Haunted House," which helped the band get a deal with MGM. Following "Wooly Bully," the group recorded a series of largely novelty singles, but only "Li'l Red Riding Hood" approached the success of its predecessor. Frustrated at being perceived as a talentless novelty act, Samudio broke up the Pharaohs in 1967 and recorded as the Sam ...
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Album Discography

Year Album Label AllMusic Rating User Ratings
Their Second Album 1965 Their Second Album MGM
 
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Wooly Bully 1965 Wooly Bully MGM
 
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On Tour 1965 On Tour MGM
 
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The Sam the Sham Revue 1966 The Sam the Sham Revue MGM
 
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Li'l Red Riding Hood 1966 Li'l Red Riding Hood MGM
 
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Ten of Pentacles 1967 Ten of Pentacles MGM
 
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Sam the Sham & Pharaohs 1996 Sam the Sham & Pharaohs DJ Specialist
 
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