That time I asked Magic Slim if Magic Sam was okay with him having some of the magic

By Steve Newton

Back in the summer of 1999 I interviewed blues guitarist and vocalist Magic Slim (real name Morris Holt), who’d been a major contributor to the Chicago blues scene with his band Magic Slim and the Teardrops.

I called him up at his then-home in Lincoln, Nebraska, before he headed out to Vancouver for a show at the Yale in support of his new album Black Tornado.

At one point in the conversation I asked Slim about his friend and mentor, the similarly named blues legend Magic Sam.

Have a listen:

Sadly, Magic Slim passed away in 2013 at the age of 75 . He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2017.

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