No Relation to Omar
I have recently descended into what I predict will be a long and violent Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs phase (I’m not normally the compilation type, but Sam the Sham wasn’t exactly the concept album type, so I’m making an exception. Start here.). Naturally, I headed straight to their Wikipedia page, where I found these two delightful paragraphs.
Back in the States, Samudio enrolled in college, studying voice at Arlington State College, now the University of Texas at Arlington. “I was studying classical in the daytime and playing rock and roll at night”, he recalled. “That lasted about two years, before I dropped out and became a carny.”
In Dallas in 1961, Sam formed “The Pharaohs,” the name inspired from the costumes in Yul Brynner’s portrayal as pharaoh in the 1956 film The Ten Commandments. The other members of “The Pharaohs” were Carl Miedke, Russell Fowler, Omar “Big Man” Lopez and Vincent Lopez (no relation to Omar). In 1962 the group made a record that did not sell. The Pharaohs disbanded in 1962.