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Sam Paglia

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Sam Paglia was born on 4th July 1971, while at the local cinema “Shaft” was been shown. He was born under “Shaft” sign. He began to play piano by ear at the age of 8. Surrounded by hundreds of records (the father was a collector of country, blues, jazz and rock ‘n roll ), Sam just played on the keyboard any music he would listen to. Even Giuseppe Verdi’s opera influenced him a lot.”I loved the early genius of piano such as James P. Johnson and Jelly Roll Morton, they just drove me crazy!”, he recalls. His family owned a little shop in the seaside resort of Cesenatico. During the summer he would just spend those lazy afternoons drawing cartoons and listening to his favourite records on a mini turntable. A record shop just around the corner would supply him with any kind of records.”One of the record that really moved me inside was a soundtrack by Guido & Maurizio De Angelis from the motion picture ” They still call him Trinity”. I could’nt take it off the turntable!” Said Sam. “But the record that really made me shout: “I wanna be an organ player!”, was the Stax 7” “Hip Hug Her” By Booker T. & MG’s !”

In 1985 Sam moved to Urbino where he studied arts and graduated in 1990. In 1991 he bought his first organ and started to emulate his idol, Billy Preston. The organ was a Gem G7, a really baaaad Hammond clone! In 1991 he moved to London where he lived until 1995.

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