Doug Sahm, the legendary Texas musician who combined the two-step with Beatles-style rock ‘n’ roll in the Sir Douglas Quintet and decades later formed the Texas Tornados, was found dead Nov. 18 in a Taos, N.M., hotel room. He was 58.
The cause of death was not immediately known, but a field examiner with the state Office of the Medical Investigator determined there was no foul play.
The master of many different musical styles — from rock, country and blues to Tex-Mex — Sahm began his career singing on the radio at the age of 5.
He was a regular on the “Louisiana Hayride” radio show by the time he was 8, and by the age of 11, he had performed at a Hank Williams concert in Austin only weeks before Williams died.
Sahm started his recording career in 1955 with the single “A Real American Joe,” under the name “Little” Doug Sahm.
He achieved national fame in 1965, when the Sir Douglas Quintet struck gold with “She’s About a Mover,” followed by “The Rains Came” and the hippie anthem “Mendocino.” Sahm led several blues bands during the 1970s and ’80s and recorded with musicians such as Bob Dylan and Dr. John.
In 1990, Sahm teamed up with Freddy Fender, Augie Meyers and Flack Jiminez to create the Texas Tornados, which had hits such as “Who Were You Thinking Of” and “Hey Baby, Que Paso?”