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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Definitive Soul

Disc 1

1. A Place Nobody Can Find

2. Goodnight Baby

3. I Take What I Want

4. You Don't Know Like I Know

6. Hold On, I'm Comin'

7. I Got Everything I Need

8. Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody

9. I Don't Need Nobody (To Tell Me 'bout My Baby)

10. You Got Me Hummin'

11. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

12. Small Portion Of Your Love

13. I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down

14. May I Baby

Disc 2

1. Soul Man

2. Broke Down Piece Of Man

4. I Thank You

5. Wrap It Up

6. You Don't Know What You Mean To Me

7. This Is Your World

8. Can't You Find Another Way (Of Doing It)

9. Still Is The Night

10. Everybody Got To Believe In Somebody

11. Soul Sister, Brown Sugar

12. Come On In

13. Born Again

15. Don't Pull Your Love

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Track List: Sam & Dave

2. Hold On, I'm Comin'

3. I Thank You

4. Soul Sister, Brown Sugar

5. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

6. You Don't Know What You Mean To Me

7. Soothe Me

8. Can't You Find Another Way

9. You Got Me Hummin'

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Track List: The Best Of Sam & Dave

1. A Place Nobody Can Find

2. Good Night Baby

3. I Take What I Want

4. Sweet Home

5. You Don't Know Like I Know

6. Hold On, I'm Comin'

7. Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody

8. You Got Me Hummin'

9. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

10. Small Portion Of Your Love

11. Soothe Me

12. Soul Man

13. May I Baby

14. I Thank You

15. Wrap It Up

16. Still Is The Night

17. You Don't Know What You Mean To Me

18. This Is Your World

19. Can't You Find Another Way (Of Doing It)

20. Soul Sister, Brown Sugar

21. Come On In

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Track List: I Thank You

1. I Thank You

2. Everybody Got To Believe In Somebody

3. These Arms Of Mine

4. Wrap It Up

5. If I Didn't Have A Girl Like You

6. You Don't Know What You Mean To Me

7. Don't Turn Your Heater On

8. Talk To The Man

9. Love Is After Me

10. Ain't That A Lot Of Love

11. Don't Waste That Love

12. That Lucky Old Sun

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Track List: Double Dynamite

1. You Got Me Hummin'

2. Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody

3. That's The Way It's Gotta Be

4. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby

5. Soothe Me

10. I Don't Need Nobody (To Tell Me 'bout My Baby)

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Track List: Soul Men

1. Soul Man

2. May I Baby

3. Broke Down Piece Of Man

4. Let It Be Me

5. Hold It Baby

6. I'm With You

7. Don't Knock It

8. Just Keep Holding On

9. The Good Runs The Bad Way

10. Rich Kind Of Poverty

11. I've Seen What Loneliness Can Do

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Track List: Hold On, I'm Comin'

1. Hold On, I'm Comin'

2. If You Got The Loving

3. I Take What I Want

4. Ease Me

5. I Got Everything I Need

6. Don't Make It So Hard On Me

7. It's A Wonder

8. Don't Help Me Out

9. Just Me

10. You Got It Made

11. You Don't Know Like I Know

12. Blame Me (Don't Blame My Heart)

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The "John(s)" took this & ran -with-it!... . . . . . . . . . . . . B E L U C H I @ B E S T ! ! !
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robincemonia
Sing it!!!!
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The best music ever Motown!!!!!! ! ! !
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I hope that there is some love in these peoples hearts when they make this music, because I can feel a little of that love coming :)
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It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses.
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I love sam dave music
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sheffield57
You are???
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Wow, was I ever that young?! Have always loved this.
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❤❤❤❤❤
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SAM & DAVE, YOUR MUSIC HAS A IMPACT and I can listen all day and all night!!!!!!!
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I will be right back, I am going to get a glass of wine or a beer and think about a fun house party.
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Friday Night Playing Cards
Old School Back In Day
Aunts uncles and friends.
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Great entertainers . . . . would love to have seen them on stage....... .
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❤❤❤❤❤
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The music of my youth I love Sam and Dave Kojak
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PERFECTION
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Sam & Dave is a duo of hall of fame.
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Classic Soul at its best Sam & Dave * Hold On I'm Comin....... m y mom often reminsce of the party days in the 60's she wore the 4 stilletto heels all night long dancing having a good time! Now mom at 75 its flat shoes all the way, lol.
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Love Same & Dave
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Please forward to alvin flowers
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Old school rocks.
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dragonlady60 8 8
This is music
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if you like or love this style of music check out sam moore and a 15 year old girl named callaway. youtube has a short cut of the today show with the two together. not sure who was more shocked...th e crowd or sam. shes got the chops and maturity in her voice of a seasoned vet in the field. by the way sam, i love ya and thanks for a lifetime of enjoyment so far

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dragonlady60 8 8
HELL. YeS
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Love sam and dave
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L0ve same dave
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I love James Brown
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Not as great as I expected it but still pretty good:)
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Hold. On. Nay. I. Coming Thank. You. Sam. And. Dave. The. Best. Soul. Duo
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Good Get up n' dance music
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raulruiz0049
i feel nice like sugar spi ce
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209ricm
Don't have to worry! !
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angie011974
I won't forget! Soul man forever!
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jennaluv4
I HATE SAM AND DAVE THEM
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Love love,love it.they don't make music like this anymore.
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This is real soul music!! Not the trash of today!
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SAM & DAVE Great duo: When Something Is Wrong With My Baby: They're right --something is wrong with me! RQ/rlh
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dennis1270
Ha-ha 'Drake and Josh - my grandchildre n have watched that for years! I was only 12 when soul was soul, and it was wonderful! talk about coming of age - this kinda music helped me grow into a teen and . . . beyond!
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I count my lucky stars that I lived in an era when real talent offered us the Real Deal with R&B and Soul. The current primadonnas that have soiled the genres could take a lesson or two from the pioneers.
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Hey friends
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brings back sweet memories
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Hold on baby, im comingggggg! *,*" ay te voy!!!!
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Hahaha. ..LOL. Silly woman I'll. Hold on baby.... G
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The Dynamic Duo, singers of straight up " Soul Music", Sam and Dave, when music was music, no duo could do it better than these 2
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Good
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They were magic very unique danced their a** off raise my sprit every time I hear them ����������
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This came out in 61 I was born in 82 wow
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OK wow it old school
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Nice song
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This version I kike...Sam & Dave!!!
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