Sam Butera

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Birthday
17, 1927
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Jun 3, 2009 (81)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
17, 1927
Birthplace
New Orleans, LA
Death Date
Jun 3, 2009 (81)

About

R&B and big band crossover artist and bandleader of The Witnesses for twenty years. He played with Louis Prima and Keely Smith, as well as with R&B outfits.

Before Fame

He played in Ray McKinley's orchestra after high school and was considered an up and coming artists by Look Magazine when he was eighteen years old.

Trivia

He performed on "That Old Black Magic" and "I Wanna Be Like You," the song made popular by Disney's The Jungle Book.

Family Life

He was raised in New Orleans and his father encouraged him to play saxophone at a young age.

Associated With

Butera once claimed that David Lee Roth stole music from him.