Sam Dees – 1975 – The Show Must Go On

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One of the best 70s SOUL LPs – killer soul from start to finish.

Sam Dees is one of the best under-rated soul artists & singer/songwriters of the 70’s, he recorded for SSS, Chess, Atlantic & Polydor.

“The Show Must Go On” is one of the forgotten pearls in soul music.

Β Only a few people seem to know or own this album which is only available on vinyl. If you should come across this remarkable record containing deep and well-arranged soul, buy it.



A1. Child Of The Streets 6.15
A2. The Show Must Go On 3.25
A3. Come Back Strong 3.03
A4. Just Out Of Reach 3.39
A5. Claim Jumpin’ 2.50
B1. Troubled Child 3.45
B2. What’s It Gonna Be 4.45
B3. Worn Out Broken Heart 3.19
B4. Good Guys 3.17
B5. So Tied Up 3.49


The Reviews

Incredible soul music from one of the unsung greats of the 70s! Sam Dees’ only album for Atlantic, The Show Must Go On, is one of our best-selling rare originals, when we manage to get it! If you’re one of the lucky few who’ve got a copy, you’ll know that he’s got an excellent style of soul that mixes a deep soul style with sort of a Chicago style, for a very unique sound.

(Dusty Groove America)


AT SIX FOOT FOUR and two-hundred-plus pounds, Sam Dees is a soul giant in more ways than one. One of black America’s premier songsmiths, he also cut the classic, maddeningly hard-to-find Atlantic album The Show Must Go On (1975), a sampler of sublime ballads like ‘Worn Out Broken Heart’ and funky Southern smessage songs like ‘Claim Jumpin’’. A rare chance for this stellar Alabaman writer to get his own voice heard.
(Mojo Magazine)

At the age of 9, already champion of several singing contests, he founded his own vocal group, the “Bossanovians”. As a teenager he traveled to perform and, in 1968 he recorded his first single at Nashville, Tennessee’s SSS International. He put out his next few singles on Birmingham-based Lolo Records. At the same time he was beginning to earn respect as a writer and producer. Chess Records producer Lenny Sachs gave him an opportunity to self-produce two singles on the Chess label, which Dees recorded in a former church in Birmingham. From there he began recording for Atlantic, which released his landmark album The Show Must Go On in 1975.
Since then, Dees recording career moved to the back burner while he wrote hits for other singers, such as “Am I Dreaming” (Atlantic Starr), “One in a Million You” (Larry Graham), “Save the Overtime (For Me)” (Gladys Knight), “Love All the Hurt Away” (George Benson and Aretha Franklin), and “Lover for Life” (Whitney Houston).

Artists performing Sam’s compositions are Whitney Houston (4 albums), Gladys Knight and the Pips (5 albums), Atlantic Starr (7 albums), Tyrone Davis (7 albums), Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Gerald Alston, Regina Belle, George Benson, Jeffrey Osborne, The Manhattans (5 albums), L.T.D. (4 albums), Teddy Pendergrass, Jackie Wilson, The Brothers Johnson, Loleatta Holloway, Keisa Brown, Ace Cannon, Clarence Carter, Luther Ingram, Millie Jackson, Margie Joseph, Frederick Knight, Denise LaSalle, K.C. & the Sunshine Band, Dorothy Moore, Sandra Hall, Willie Clayton, Enchantment, Bobby Patterson, Billy Scott, Arnold McCuller, Ted Taylor, Benjy Myaz, Ol Skool, William “Doc” Powell, Don Diego and many others.

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  • robert
    Posted at 10:18h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    Looking forward to checking this one out.


  • Anonymous
    Posted at 04:29h, 09 September 2008 Reply

    Wooow! Thanks!!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 03:16h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    seriously good album

  • young_
    Posted at 07:05h, 21 December 2008 Reply

    Do you have anything from the Universal Mind or Creative Source by any chance?

    Great site– thanks so much for putting this together!

  • liam
    Posted at 09:12h, 26 December 2008 Reply

    Lonely For You Baby 60’s style is what I know of him so this will be nice to hear

  • Robert
    Posted at 19:51h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    Wow! Been dying to hear this one… you have gone where other blogs have tried and failed… keep up the great work?!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 22:02h, 26 March 2009 Reply

    Thanks for posting one of the best soulalbums ever

  • Jazzwhat
    Posted at 14:09h, 17 July 2009 Reply

    Wow been looking for this for ages, thanks alot!!!!

  • dennis
    Posted at 22:58h, 01 September 2009 Reply

    I have this album in my collection,it took me a while to track it down but it was worth it,well wort the money i paid for it.

  • Joel
    Posted at 22:56h, 18 September 2009 Reply

    Hey, great album but when I uncompressed the file it said one of the tracks was corrupt so I only got like 6 of the songs.

  • Dan
    Posted at 14:40h, 11 February 2010 Reply

    Sam Dees – 1975 – The Show Must Go On
    This file don’t working. Can You fix it?

  • Dan
    Posted at 13:17h, 14 February 2010 Reply

    Thank you for this great music and your reup of this file.

  • aquaade
    Posted at 05:29h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    Thanks for posting this soul classic!

  • hamnegger
    Posted at 18:20h, 25 March 2010 Reply

    where is my copy of this? I dunno so I’ll grab it here, cheers

    Posted at 23:25h, 07 February 2011 Reply


  • Man And Van Hire
    Posted at 20:11h, 22 May 2012 Reply

    brilliant Post.. I personally enjoyed going through it, also thanks for the tips
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  • Andrew
    Posted at 21:26h, 10 June 2012 Reply

    I am in London, England and I am happy to say that I was one of those that bought this Incredible Deep Soul album on the year it was released. People today should have to listen to music like this to see what Real Music and Singers are all about unlike Shit like X Factor.
    Now if only someone would give this a release on CD so more people could discover it. πŸ™‚

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  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:56h, 30 December 2015 Reply

    Wow!!! thanks a lot

  • Unpayed Bill-Ion
    Posted at 19:31h, 13 June 2016 Reply

    One of the greatest Lp`s of all Time. Been searchin`for the Vinyl for a while.
    When you ever come across this one : BUY IT!!! and make me an offer. πŸ˜‰

  • Vanzetti
    Posted at 17:06h, 05 April 2017 Reply

    Been loving your blog for a long time. Thanks for curating all of this solid soul.

    Any possibility of a re-up on this one. I’ve got the vinyl, but would love to have this album available any time, any where.

    Thanks again!

  • growler
    Posted at 02:49h, 09 April 2018 Reply

    FIle isn’t on Uploaded anymore. Any chance of putting it back up?

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