One String Sam

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One String Sam
I Need a Hundred Dollars / My Baby, Oooo
J-V-B Recording Co.
45rpm 7"
$8

“Not much is known about One String Sam, an eccentric street musician who walked into Joe’s Record Shop on Hastings Street in Detroit and recorded two odd and unforgettable tracks, ‘I Need a Hundred Dollars’ & ‘My Baby Oooo,’ on a fretless, one-string instrument that was essentially a diddley-bow, consisting of a wood plank with a piano wire stretched between two nails, augmented with an electric guitar pickup. Sam, whose real name was Sam Wilson, fretted the instrument with a baby food jar and, placing the jar near the vocal microphone when he sang, created his own echo chamber. The result was an eerie, spooky, and riveting version of country blues.” - Steve Leggett. Recent reissue. Hear I Need a Hundred Dollars & My Baby, Oooo.