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Paul Samson

( June 4th 1953 - August 9th 2002)

Birth Name: Paul Samson
Born: 1953 - England
Died: August 9, 2002 - Norfolk, England
Cause Of Death: Cancer

1979 Samson - Survivors
1980 Samson - Head On
1981 Samson - Shock Tactics
1982 Samson - Before The Storm
1984 Samson - Last Rites
1984 Samson - Don't Get Mad Get Even
1985 Samson - Thank You And Goodnight
1986 Samson - Head Tactics
1986 Paul Samson - Joint Forces
1988 Samson - And There It Is
1990 Samson - Refugee
1990 Samson - Pillars Of Rock
1990 Samson - Live At Reading '81
1993 Samson - Samson
1994 Paul Samson's Empire - Live At The Marquee
1999 Samson - Metal Crusade '99
2001 Samson - Live In London
2001 Samson - There And Back
2002 Samson - Riding With The Angels: The Anthology
2002 Paul Samson - Live: The Blues Nights

After a period in several obscure bands, Paul Samson formed his own eponymous outfit, Samson, in 1978, consisting of Chris Aylmer on bass, and Clive Burr on drums. Burr left, and eventually joined Iron Maiden, and was replaced by the controversial Thunderstick, who wore a gimp mask on stage. At a time when the also masked Cambridge Rapist was making the news, he became a target for criticism. In 1979, the line-up was expanded to a four piece with the addition of Bruce Bruce on vocals.

The band enjoyed a strong cult following in the best years of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal releasing the albums Survivors, Head On and Shock Tactics, until 1981 when Thunderstick left, and Bruce Bruce, who changed his name back to his real surname of Dickinson at this point, left to join Iron Maiden.

The talented vocalist Nicky Moore was recruited as replacement and Mel Gaynor then Pete Jupp took over drums, and this line-up released the commendable albums Before the Storm and Don't Get Mad Get Even. These two albums sold in higher quantities than the first three, and the band toured more countries and played to bigger audiences than the Bruce/Thunderstick lineup, although the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal was by now said to be a spent force. The band finally threw in the towel in 1984.

Samson spent the subsequent years in a variety of solo and group projects, including various temporary reformations of Samson, and had success as a producer, and also as a blues player, spending a year in Chicago. He played on the recording of the Ram Jam 1977 rock hit Black Betty.

In 2002 he died of cancer, whilst recording a new Samson album with Nicky Moore.

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