The Sir Douglas Quintet was a Tex-Mex rock band formed in San Antonio, Texas in 1964 by Augie Meyers and Doug Sahm (November 6, 1941 – November 18, 1999). Other original members included Jack Barber, Frank Morin, and Johnny Perez, with a number of personnel changes along the way. In 1969, Harvey Kagan joined the band and the lineup at that time consisted of Kagan, Meyers, Morin, Perez, and Sahm. After The Sir Douglas Quintet hit it big in its home state, the band relocated to the West Coast during the mid 1960s and achieved national fame with such upbeat classics as "She's About A Mover" and "Mendocino." The band's unique sound came from Meyers' rollicking Vox Continental organ accompaniments and the soulful vocals of Doug Sahm, who penned most of the band's songs. A pioneering influence in rock and roll, The Sir Douglas Quintet drew upon such diverse genres as country, garage rock, blues, doo-wop, and jazz and was the first to incorporate Tex-Mex and Cajun styles into rock music.
The Sir Douglas Quintet debuted on the Pop/Rock charts in 1965 with "She's About A Mover," which reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became one of the band's best known songs. The band also had two other hits in the Top 40 with "The Rains Came" (1966) and "Mendocino" (1969) which became The Sir Douglas Quintet's signature song. The band's many other hits also included "Dynamite Woman" (1969), "It Didn't Even Bring Me Down" (1969), and the Doug Sahm-penned "Nitty Gritty" (1973) which is a different song from the same-named 1963 hit by Shirley Ellis. The Sir Douglas Quintet's songs have been featured in the soundtracks of such movies as "An Officer And A Gentleman" (1982), "The Doors" (1991), "High Fidelity" (2000), "Riding In Cars With Boys" (2001), and "Beautiful Darling" (2010).
The Sir Douglas Quintet officially disbanded in 1972 and Doug Sahm went solo, reuniting with former band members several times over the years to perform and record. With Augie Meyers and others, he later co-founded the Grammy-winning Texas Tornados and Los Super Seven. A critically acclaimed and veteran singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who first sang on the radio at age five, Doug Sahm's numerous awards and accolades included appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone in 1968, being honored in the South Texas Music Walk of Fame, and becoming an inaugural inductee into the Austin Music Memorial in 2008.
- The Independent remembers Doug Sahm.
- Augie Meyers describes "She's About A Mover" as "a Polka beat with a rock and roll sound" and discusses other topics in an interview with Gary James of classicbands.com.
- Doug Sahm discusses his early beginnings as a country music child prodigy and other topics in an interview with Rolling Stone (1971).
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Sir Douglas Quintet
- Mendocino 1969
- The Rains Came 1966
(This song was previously a hit for Big Sambo (1962).)
- She's About A Mover 1965
(This song later also became a hit for Otis Clay (1968).)
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