Hi,  One of the big songs of the late 1960’s is the soul classic, “SOUL MAN” by Sam & Dave.  The R&B vocal duo is: Sam Moore, born on October 12, 1935 in Miami, Florida and Dave Prater, born on May 9, 1937 in Ocilla, Georgia.

On September 9, 1967 their recording of “Soul Man” made its Billboard Hot 100 debut.  Their recording on the Stax Record label became a huge hit, climbing the Hot 100 to #2, a position it held for 3 weeks and reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B chart for 7 weeks.  Sam & Dave won a Grammy Award for “Best Performance, R&B Group”.  “Soul Man” became their second gold record.  Their first was “HOLD ON! I’M A COMIN’ in 1966 (#21 pop, #1 R&B).  The song helped to make popular the term “Soul Music” a genre that would be so popular in the late 1960’s.

Their recording has been honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as one of the songs that shaped rock and roll.  It has also be selected by the Grammy Hall of Fame, The Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs and the Recording Industry Association of America as one of its top recordings.  This classic hit recording is a staple of oldies radio.  The song has been covered by THE BLUES BROTHERS in 1978 on Atlantic Records, charting at #14 for them.

Dave Prated was killed in a car crash in 1988 at the age of 50.  Sam & Dave put 13 songs on the Hot 100 chart between 1966 and 1969.  Their follow-up to “Soul Man” was another huge record “I THANK YOU”, it reached #9 on the Hot 100.

CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW AND HEAR SAM & DAVE SING THEIR HUGE HIT “SOUL MAN”.

Soul Man – 1967

Till the next time—Joe

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