Sam Moore -- one half of the legendary R&B duo Sam & Dave -- celebrates his 77th birthday today (October 12th). Moore and Dave Prater are best remembered for their historic '60s hits for the Stax label, including "You Don't Know Like I Know," "I Thank You," "Hold On! I'm Comin'" and 1967's Top Three hit "Soul Man." The duo recorded the majority of their work at Memphis' Stax studios under the guidance of songwriter/producers Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter, with Booker T. and the MGs often serving as their backing band. Sam & Dave officially split in 1969, only to reform from 1972 to 1975.
After the success of the Blues Brothers' 1978 cover of "Soul Man" Sam & Dave teamed up again and toured extensively through 1981. Prater died in a car accident in 1988 and Moore has continued to record and be a top concert draw. Sam & Dave were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. That same year, Moore was featured singing on several cuts on Bruce Springsteen's Human Touch album.
Moore told us that he feels lucky to be constantly working -- be it on the road or in the studio: "Fortunately, I've been blessed to do other things. I've recorded with other people like Bruce Springsteen and Don Henley, I've done movies, I've done shows where I could make a couple of bucks. I've been fortunate that a movie will come up, or a soundtrack will come up, and I can do that. So in that way, I've been able to get away to do those kind of things, y'know, to make a living."
Moore that when he hits the road again, he'd like to branch out and perform other types of music besides just R&B: "I think I deserve to walk on stage and sing songs that no one would ever expect Sam Moore to do. I'm going to have to do 'Soul Man,' I know that. I don't kid myself about that. I know, if given a chance, I can also do '(I did it) My Way.' I think I can do that kind of stuff!"
In October 2009, Sam Moore knocked the crowd out during the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concerts in New York City, when he joined Bruce Springsteen for duets of "Hold On, I'm Coming," and "Soul Man."