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An iconic member of the Chicago blues scene, Sam Lay was the man some call “the greatest drummer of all time.” He passed away at the age of 86, but his legacy lives on forever in the spotlight. You can read more about his life below.


Recognized almost as much for his sartorial style as for his signature double-shuffle beat — his capes, crowns, canes, and cowbells are the stuff of legend. Sam Lay has played a key role in the evolution of the blues for almost 60 years. Against a backdrop of the troubled, racially turbulent 1960s, Lay’s singular life and career is told through his own words, music, and personal films in this new documentary.


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