Little Sammy Gaha

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LITTLE SAMMY GAHA

Sammy Gaha, or Little Sammy Gaha, was born in Australia.

 

In 1970, while he was playing at a venue with his former band Blue Beard, Little Sammy Gaha was asked to play at Mick Jagger's wedding in Saint Tropez. That is amazing for an artist who was not widely known, he had a few records released then.

 

He started out performing in the clubs of Kings Cross in the late '50s and went on to sing with bands like "The In-People" and The Soul Syndicate in the '60s, before he finally moved to Europe where he enjoyed eight hit singles in the 1970s.

 

He was personal assistant to Keith Richards for two Rolling Stones tours in Australia and Sammy Gaha is said to be one of the first pop acts to play a concert at the Sydney Opera House. Little Sammy Gaha left Australia in the end of the '60s. He found it hard to find an audience for his music, which can be discribed as soulful. In Europe, his music sold a lot better.

 

One of his first big break-througs came when he was offered work with Blue Beard, who had already established a reputation in France. Sammy contributed to their LP and appeared on single releases like Sly Willy. It was while he was with Blue Beard that The Rolling Stones caught them playing at a bar near the villa where they were meant to be recording Exile On Main Street. Mick Jagger liked the group so much he asked them to sing at his wedding.

 

Not long after, Sammy went on his own. His first hit was Rock And Roll Is Back Again. It was recorded with producer and songwriter Jacques Moreli. The two didn’t really get along and Sammy soon sought other collaborators while Moreli went on to enjoy success with the Village People later in the decade. Vangelis and Sammy made one record: J'ai envie de Toi / Cuckoo. He later also appeared in films including The Legend Of Frenchie King (1971) alongside Brigitte Bardot and The Rex Gang (1980).

 

Mr. Gaha has a brother, Tony, who has two kids. Tony's daughter Danielle is a dancer and singer, his son Eden was a TV-host in Australia.

 

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