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Sam & Dave

Perhaps no act epitomized soul music as the secularization of gospel more than Sam & Dave. The original pairing of Sam Moore and Dave Prater met in Florida in 1961, and they recorded unsuccessfully for several years before being signed to Atlantic Records in 1965. Atlantic persuaded their Memphis affiliate Stax Records to produce them, and in December that year the writing and production team of Isaac Hayes and David Porter delivered the crisply soulful "You Don't Know Like I Know." Hayes and Porter became the éminence grises behind Sam & Dave, much as Holland-Dozier-Holland pulled the strings behind the Supremes. They wrote, they produced -- and the result was a string of hits, including "Soul Man," "Hold On! I'm Comin'," and "I Thank You," songs that survive as the very epitome of Southern soul. Certainly, Sam & Dave's hits are among the most soulful ever to crack the Hot 100. Their albums often bore the hallmarks of hasty execution, though. The dissolution of the partnership between Stax and Atlantic virtually sealed the fate of Sam & Dave; there were a few more hits (and, later, a revival of interest thanks to the Blues Brothers), but the glory days were over.

Samuel Moore and David Prater were both raised in the South, where they sang in church as children. During the '50s, they performed in soul and R&B clubs before meeting each other in at the King of Hearts club in Miami in 1961. Moore was hosting an amateur-night contest where Prater was singing. Once Dave forgot the lyrics to Jackie Wilson's "Doggin' Around," Sam coached him through the song. Following that night, the singers became a duo and soon became a popular local Miami act and signed with Roulette Records, releasing a handful of singles. In 1965, they signed with Atlantic Records, but producer Jerry Wexler moved the band to the label's Stax subsidiary.

Working with Stax's house band and songwriters/producers Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Sam & Dave created a body of sweaty, gritty soul that ranks among the finest and most popular produced in the late '60s. The duo's 1966 debut, "You Don't' Know Like I Know," kicked off a series of Top Ten R&B hits that included "Hold On! I'm Comin'" (1966), "You Got Me Hummin'" (1966), "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby" (1967), "Soul Man" (1967), and "I Thank You" (1968). However, the duo's career began to unravel in 1968, when Stax's distribution deal with Atlantic ended. Since Sam & Dave were signed with Atlantic, not Stax, they no longer had access to the production team of Hayes and Porter or the house band of Booker T. & the MG's, and their recorded work took a slight dip in quality. Though the switch of labels was unfortunate, what really caused the duo's demise was their volatile relationship. While the duo had enormous creative energy, they frequently fought off-stage. Nicknamed "Double Dynamite," Sam & Dave became famous for their energetic, infectious live performances during the late '60s, which complemented the overall high quality of their studio work. They may have communicated on-stage, but behind the scenes, it was reported that the duo could hardly stand each other's presence. The tension caused Sam & Dave to part ways in 1970, just a few years after their heyday.

During the '70s, Sam & Dave reunited several times to little attention. At the end of the decade, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's Blues Brothers routine -- which borrowed heavily from Sam & Dave -- sparked a resurgence of interest in the duo, and the pair performed a number of concerts during 1980. However, their personal animosity had not faded, and they separated after a performance on New Year's Eve 1981. For the next few years, Prater toured as Sam & Dave with vocalist Sam Daniels. During the mid-'80s, Moore revealed the sources of the duo's tensions in a series of interviews. He disclosed that he had been addicted to drugs during the '70s. Prater was arrested in 1987 for selling crack to an undercover policeman. A year later, he died in a car accident. Moore continued to perform sporadically, most notably on Bruce Springsteen's 1992 album Human Touch album. Sam & Dave were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame that same year. ~ Colin Escott & Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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on't read this cause it works. On the nearest friday you will be kissed by your crush/mate. If you don't post this on 5 songs in 145 you will die in 2 days. If you post this on 5 songs you will have the best week of your life.
BEST DUO EVER!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
This song came out when I was in junior high as we danced away at our after school dances. Today, no after school dances because of lack of security and the potential for violence.
Love that old school
When something is wrong with my baby
jonharber66
They had more SOUL in their fingernails than I had in my whole body. Soul on, baby !
God I miss the old Memphis soul sound ... If any knows of any current artist and groups with a base in the Memphis soul sound I'd be interested.. . So please let me know...
I'm a soul man
aduprez1
great singers and the best duo
wow
Anyone remember "Soulman" w/C.Thomas Howell? Hahaha
This music brings back memories?
Sam and Dave.......o n e of the greatest duos
ibiinc
NICE - DEBORAH MOORE PRAISING THE MUSIC OF SAM MOORE
Yougo
I like this.
rip, Thomas Milton Ruff, NYC Will miss you old Buddy, my friend.
Sam and Dave complimented one another's magnificent gospel voices like pancake and syrup. They were amazing!

Niles ohio state university very good
A great duo who could sing their assets off!
My dad and mommy would play this on Saturday night! Thesr two were a great team!
Like his music.
Sam & Dave. Hoooooooolee e e e freakin COW!!!!!!!! :-D
One of the Best Male singers! RQ/rxh
frederica.br i d g e t t e
Enjoyl liffe
Do it till your're satisfied (just don't hurt nobody)! Happy New Year!
Don't read this because nothing will happen and life is too short.
If you copy and past this nothing will happen...... . w o w . . . now back to the music!!!!
This freaked me out This isn't fake.
Apparently if you copy and paste this on ten comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or Im sorry
Brings me back to the old Hog Locker in Pearl. Used to dance to this at the EM Club in Pearl & The Dunes on Nimitz Highway (Honolulu) back in the mid-60's...A h h h those were the days when there was REAL music (which effectively ceased to be around mid-1980's).
emilyhall184 1
Great song. Love it.
Will always be a great tune!
Sooooooo many great songs!
Hold on tightly. . .adios. . .
Some of the music is good now, but I can't find a word to describe the quality of music I grew up listening to. You could understand the words and their were not fifty dancers on the stage just pure marvelous singing and instruments.
It is 5:18 am in Texas and I've tried to put this music down since 11:00 pm, but it gets better and better. Had the pleasure to meet quite a few of the great artists that I am listening to. It brings back beautiful memories. Boy to be able to turn back the hands of time!!!!
Anyone else having a shake your tail feather moment? Lol
Don't read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this comment in at least three songs you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put at least on 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary cause it actually work.
shewolf7000
Please netflix soul brothers with bernie mac and samuel l jackson and issac hayes piss in my panties funny
So. Much. Soul! I've never heard a song sung with more soul than this one? I hope I'm not the only one that thinks this...
Hold on!!! I'm commin!!!
info41351
When Something Is Wrong With My Baby...
BluesBrother s was a respectful tribute to Sam & Dave.
Blues brothers totally ripped Sam and Dave off
I will always love Sam and Dave. I was back there doing Hold UM Coming.
ehclwry
Ah Jeeez....Sam & Dave...right up there with best...loved you then...love you now...kids today don't know what they're missing....t h a n k s . . h c l
ehclwry
once again, i'm proud to cite Stax Records of Memphis as the home of artists who are not forgotten... i f you only knew the thrill of livihg i the land of so much incredibly great artist...Elv i s is a given, but that in no way diminishes the shine and glow of Sam & Dave, Al Green, Booker T & the MGs, Otis Redding....o h geez how did i get so lucky...than k again to all of the greats and all the others...i owe u...it's you folks that make me proud to be a Memphian.... t h a n k s many times over...
TWO word: MR. COOPER!! LOL! I miss the 90s=)
best of the best
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