Sam Moore — one half of the legendary R&B duo Sam & Dave — celebrates his 82nd 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.
In October 2015, Sam & Dave were inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame along with such legends and stars as Alberta Hunter, Al Jackson, Jr., Memphis Slim, Scotty Moore, Charlie Rich, and Justin Timberlake.
Sam Moore has just released his latest album, titled, Sam Moore: An American Patriot. In addition to his renditions of “America The Beautiful,” “The Battle Hymn Of The Republic,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Moore covers John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The U.S.A.,” and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”
Last January Moore performed at then-President-elect Donald Trump’s “‘Make America Great Again!’ Welcome Celebration” in Washington, D.C.
Moore issued a statement prior to the event, which read in full: “As an American, I am honored to perform for President-elect Donald Trump. I was a participant in the civil rights movement and have seen many positive changes and advancement in my 81 years of living in this wonderful Country, but I know we must all join hands and work together with our new President. I honestly believe that if we can accomplish this, the best is yet to come. We all as Americans need to unite behind our new President and give him a chance. He needs everyone’s support to make America greater, stronger and an even better Country.”
Sam 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.”
Sam Moore will next perform on October 21st in College Station, Texas at the Deep From The Heart: One America Appeal Concert at Reed Arena.
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