Cowboy Sam Nichols was born in a town called Eula, Texas and grew to be
a six foot tall fellow known for his Texas friendliness. The first few
years of his life were spent on a farm.
In 1936, he won first prize in a Chevrolet contesta singing position
over radio station KGKL in San Angelo, Texas. It was about a year later that
he moved on to KNEL in Brady, Texas. Another break came his way when he moved
on to Eagle Pass and had his own radio show.
Later on, he got himself a gig on XELO in Tiajuana, Mexico. There he was
known as "Cowboy Sam, The Old Cowhand From the Rio Grande". But as was the
case for many in that era, Cowboy Sam served a three-year stint in the U.S. Navy
during World War II.
After he got out of the service, he played various personal appearances at clubs
in the Los Angeles, California area.
In 1946, he recorded a tune called "That Wild and Wicked Look In Your Eye",
a song he wrote, as well as "I'm Telling You I'm Gonna Tie My Baby To A Hitching
Post" and "One-Sided Love" for the Stanchel Recording Company. Those recordings
led to a three-year recording contract with the MGM label.
Credits & Sources
- Cowboy Songs No.28; September 1953, American Folk Publications, Inc.;