Born For Hard Luck.

The clip linked below takes you to a video of Arthur “Peg Leg Sam” Jackson, a harmonica player, singer, and comedian who made his living “busking” on the street and performing in touring patent-medicine shows across the south . Footage from this film includes excerpts from one of his last medicine shows, videotaped at a county fair in 1972, as well as material filmed near his home in South Carolina in 1975. Harmonica solos, songs, a parody of a chanted sermon, folktales and reminiscences, and three buck dances are all included in this charming and interesting glimpse into the life of “Peg Leg Sam” .
I found this video a few months ago and fell in love with it. It is long, about 30 minutes, but well worth the watch if you have the time.

Born For Hard Luck: Peg Leg Sam Jackson.

note: Here is a link to the transcript, just in case you need it.


2 Responses to Born For Hard Luck.

  1. I love his harp skills. I think in a bit I might see if I can rip the songs from the film in good or decent quality and post them in mp3 format.

    I agree with the funniest moment comment. in my opinion a close second is the one about him hollerin' and making like a rooster after falling in the woods. hehe.

  2. manders says:

    How precious is this man!?

    Ok, I am amazed at the fact he can stick the harmonica in his mouth while he’s playing it and play it with his nostrils. Wow.

    Funniest moment ever though has to be when his friend is telling about the rattlesnake bite and even though he was the snake oil salesman he was screamin’ for an ambulance….LOL

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