Anson Funderburgh

November 15, 1954 - Plano, TX

Handy Blues Award Winner in 2004, 2000, 1994, 1992, & 1988.

Sammy J. Myers

b March 19, 1936 - Laurel, MS    d July 17, 2006 Dallas, TX

Handy Blues Award Winner in 2004, 2000, 1994, 1992, 1989, & 1988.
Sam had lost most of his sight due to cataracts at a young age.  He attended school at Piney Woods near Jackson, MS and developed an interest in music.  He learned drums and trumpet and was skilled enough to earn a scholarship from the American Conservatory School of Music in Chicago.  Of course Sam hit the South Side joints and sat in with Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, and Elmore James.  Sam went on to play drums and harmonica with Elmore from 1952 through 1963 until Elmore's death.  Sam then played around Jackson and throughout the South until teaming up with Anson Funderburgh in 1986.  Sammy J. Myers then moved to Dallas and played continuously with Anson & The Rockets until being diagnosed with cancer and undergoing surgery in 2005.

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