University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Howard Fields music collection, [1964-1966]

Creator Pharaohs (Musical group)
Creator Sam, the Sham
Title: Howard Fields music collection
Dates: circa 1964–1966
Identification: camh-arc-004113
Extent: 0.5 inches
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Historical Note

Domingo "Sam" Samudio was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1937. He formed the Tex-Mex rock and roll band Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs in 1961. Samudio was the group's lead singer; other original group members included Carl Medke, Russell Fowler, Omar "Big Man" Lopez, and Vincent Lopez. The original lineup recorded one record, and the group disbanded in 1962.

In 1963, Samudio restarted Sam the Sham with a new lineup: Samudio (vocals/organ); Dave Martin (bass); Ray Stinnet (guitar); Jerry Patterson (drums); and Butch Gibson (saxophone). Their song "Wooly Bully" sold more than three million copies and was named Billboard magazine's Record of the Year for 1965. In 1967, the group disbanded.

In 2016, Samudio was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.

Scope and Contents

The Howard Fields music collection, circa 1964-1966, consists of 24 color photographs of the band Sam the Sham and The Pharoahs showing the group recording, rehearsing, traveling, and performing. The collection also includes approximately 95 color negatives.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law. 

Index Terms

Personal Names
Sam, the Sham
Corporate Names
Pharaohs (Musical group)
Bands (Music)
Rock music

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Howard Fields Music Collection, circa 1964-1966, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number


Detailed Description of the Collection

2.325/M72 [SRH1230001829] 24 color photographic prints, Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs circa 1964–1966

2.325/M72 [SRH1230001829] Color photographic negatives, Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs circa 1964–1966