1965 Sir Douglas Quintet – She’s About A Mover
Doug Sahm grew up in San Antonio and showed musical talent at a very young age. He began his career singing Country music and performed live on the radio when he was only five years old. When he was eleven, he played on stage with Hank Williams at Hank’s last show before he died travelling between shows. The Grand Ole Opry offered Doug a permanent spot on the Opry, but his mother turned down their offer because he hadn’t yet finished junior high school. In addition to singing, Doug played steel guitar, the mandolin, and the violin.
Doug played in several bands in the mid-fifties and early sixties. Houston producer Huey P. Meaux spent some time listening to recent records from England and noticed that the recordings had a great deal in common with Cajun music. He talked with Doug about producing music that would blend the two disparate genres. Doug and his friend, organ player and songwriter Augie Meyers, recruited three more members and formed a group in 1964. Huey came up with the name The Sir Douglas Quintet, hoping that it would be British-sounding enough to fool potential record buyers. The group played music that was pop-oriented Tex-Mex and Cajun music that also reflected the music arriving in the US from the British Invasion.
The group found success with their second single, She’s About A Mover. Doug wrote the record, which peaked at #13 on the Hot 100 in 1965. The next year they also charted with a single written by Huey, The Rains Came, which many refer to as Rain Rain Rain. The record did well regionally, but peaked at only #31 nationally.
After an unfortunate situation with a small amount of pot and the Texas police. After getting out of jail, Doug disbanded the group and he and Augie moved to San Francisco in search of a more copasetic audience. The pair soon recruited additional musicians and The Sir Douglas Quintet returned to playing in clubs.
The group eventually recorded a new album. Doug wrote the group’s comeback single, Mendocino. The record reached #27 in early 1969. The group’s next single only reached #83 and proved to be the last time the group charted on the Hot 100.
Doug eventually moved back to Texas, causing the group to disband again. He pursued a solo career, but never found the same level of success he gained with the group.
Augie did some session work for a variety of musicians and also owned several of his own record labels.
In 1989, Doug, Augie, singer Freddie Fender, and accordion player/singer Flaco Jimenez formed the Tex-Mex supergroup The Texas Tornados. The group recorded seven albums and won the 1991 Grammy Award for the Best Mexican-American Performance with the single Soy de San Luis. Doug also performed and/or recorded with at least a half dozen other groups in between concerts.
Doug died of a heart attack in his sleep in 1999.
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