Magic Sam
Big Bill's Copa Cabana Club
3258 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago IL

While he was a DJ at Chicago's WOPA, William Henry Hill aka "Big Bill" Hill came up with the idea of broadcasting blues bands live from the West Side clubs. He started out at Silvio's, where he introduced Elmore James to Chicago. Other live broadcasts included Otis Rush, Mighty Joe Young, Freddie King, Koko Taylor and Chicago Slim. In the mid-1960s, Hill owned a night club, named the Copa Cabana. Big Bill recorded a jam session that was released on an album entitled "Blues at Big Bill's Copa Cabana" on Chess Records; that recording featured Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Otis Spann and Sonny Boy Williamson.

This show is sourced from a broadcast tape from one of Big Bill Hill's WOPA radio shows from his own Copa Cabana Club on Chicago's West Side. It is also known as the WOPA tape. It's undoubtably the same tape recorded by Bill Lindemann, which was used for 8 tracks on the Delmark commercial release, "Rockin' Wild In Chicago", although this one sounds several generations removed from the Delmark CD.

This tape was also subject to some very rough editing, which is quite audible, to remove between song stage talk, as well as most of Big Bill Hill's on-air chatter.


01. I Feel So Good
02. Tremble (instrumental) *
03. Call Me When You Need Me *
04. Further On Up The Road *
05. Dirty Work Going On *
06. Why Are You So Mean To Me *
07. That's All Right > Big Bill Hill talk
08. Who's Loving You Tonight
09. All Of Your Love
10-11. Tremble (instrumental)
12. Scratch My Back
13. A Hard Road
14. Tremble (instrumental)
15. It's All Your Fault Baby *
16. How Long Can This Go On *
17. Every Night, Every Day *
18. Tore Down (inc - cuts)

* available on Magic Sam - "Rockin' Wild In Chicago" - Delmark Records DG-765

Total time: 1:01:26.09

Band Lineup:

Magic Sam - guitar, vocals
Mac Thompson - bass guitar
Odie Payne, Jr. - drums
"Shakey Jake" Harris - harmonica, vocals

Lineage: Bill Lindemann tape > ? > trade CDR > EAC > FLAC (level 8)

Ripped and encoded by BluesFan on 2009.09.28