Sam and Dave

Sam Moore and Dave Prater: the Soul duo Sam and Dave which were one of the primary chart stars at the Stax and Atlantic labels in the '60s, bringing the passion of gospel to their wailing soul side, were announced today by The Recording Academy as one of the recipients of the Special Merit Awards, The Lifetime Achievement Award. A special award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held on May 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. Additional details regarding the ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.

"Each year, the Recording Academy has the distinct privilege of celebrating music industry giants who have greatly contributed to our cultural heritage," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy. "This year, we have a gifted and brilliant group of honorees and their exceptional accomplishments, contributions, and artistry will continue to influence and inspire generations to come."

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates performers who have made outstanding contributions of artistic significance to the field of recording, while the Trustees Award honors such contributions in areas other than performance. The Recording Academy's National Board of Trustees determines the honorees of both awards. Technical GRAMMY Award recipients are voted on by the Academy's Producers & Engineers Wing Advisory Council and Chapter Committees and are ratified by the Academy's Trustees. The award is presented to individuals and companies who have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording industry.

Other honorees of The Lifetime Achievement Award are Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, and Dionne Warwick. Lou Adler, Ashford & Simpson, and Johnny Mandel are Trustees Award honorees, and Saul Walker is the Technical GRAMMY Award recipient.

The legendary "soul man" Sam Moore shares his memories of his close friend of many decades:

"Aretha Franklin and I have been friends and label mates for more than sixty years. I adored her and I know the feelings were mutual.

While I'm heartbroken that she's gone I know she's in the Lord's arms and she's not in pain or suffering anymore from the damn cancer that took her away from us. I'm going to hope, pray and count on the fact that I will see her again sometime. Rest in the Lord's arms in love, Re." -Sam Moore

Of interest, the only time Franklin played as a studio sideman was in 1971, lending keyboards to Sam's recording of "Part Time Love," for Moore's album titled "Plenty Good Lovin produced by King Curtis. That album wasn't released until many years later.


Miami, Fla.: Sam (Moore) and Dave (Prater Jr.) made a major cultural impact as one of the most successful "crossover" acts of their era influencing everyone from The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and, of course, the Blues Brothers. The impact of their unique call and response sound and style continues to do so today.

The duo's legendary hit single "Soul Man," which was written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter (with a little help from Sam) released on the historic Memphis based Stax Records label, hit #1 on Cashbox's Pop Charts November 11, 1967: 50 years ago. The single also topped the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, #2 on the Billboard's Hot 100 and #2 in Canada.

Sam & Dave's now immortal "Soul Man" earned the duo the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental.

"Soul Man" earned other distinctions. It was the first song written with the words "soul" in its title and the first time the words "soul" and "man" were coupled together in English language usage.

In addition to Moore's golden "Soul Man" anniversary celebration, his exposure and recognition is not slowing down! "Wrap It Up," the b-side to the duo's hit single "I Thank You" released in 1968 has been selected by Subway for their 2017 Reuben Sandwich commercial campaign.

The Legendary Soul Man has just released his latest album. Sam Moore: An American Patriot, available for purchase including downloads on iTunes, Amazon, and more. You can tune in to TBN's Huckabee this weekend to see Sam perform "God Bless America," "Soul Man," and "Lift Every Voice," as he continues his promotion of this album project.

The album was inspired by Moore's performance of "America the Beautiful" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where his dear friend and inspiration Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood 53 years earlier and delivered his famous "Dream" speech.

Moore believes that music is the universal language that knows no boundary or color and was the best way for him to take a stand and make an impact in helping to bring the country he loves back together.

Enlisting the skills of renowned producer, arranger and songwriter, Rudy Perez, a Cuban refugee, who, with Moore has crafted An American Patriot with the goal of recording versions of iconic American anthems like they've never been done before. In Moore's recognizably unique style, he has recorded classics such as "Battle Hymn of the Republic," Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the U.S.A.," and Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On." In addition to the traditional songs, the album also features new songs such as "Show For You," the 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games anthem, "Peace Please," and "Land of the Free." It is with the hope of rekindling love of country and each other that Sam Moore: An American Patriot is offered.

Last September, Moore flew to New York straight from BBC Proms held at Royal Albert Hall, London, where Moore and other Stax originals Booker T. Jones, Eddie Floyd, William Bell and sideman Steve Cropper celebrated the 50th anniversary concert honoring the 1967 Stax/Volt Revue's groundbreaking tour of the UK and Europe that included Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T and the Gs, Eddie Floyd and Arthur Conley. The legendary artists will be joined by Sir Tom Jones, Beverly Knight, James Morrison, Ruby Turner supported by Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra as part of a star-studded line-up for the Late Night Prom, The Sound of Soul: Stax Records.

Moore performed a duet with his friend of five decades, Sir Tom and the much younger UK soul superstar Beverly Knight before launching into his solo performance of his iconic "Soul Man," marking 50 years since its historic release.

Of this performance, Moore says: "I never imagined I'd be coming across the pond to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of one of the most exciting times in my life, the 1967 Stax/Volt Tour. The love and enthusiasm from the British audiences back then was like nothing any of us had ever experienced before. Performing at the Proms now at Royal Albert Hall with some of those we'd influenced is spectacular. I just wish that Otis, Arthur, Al, Duck, Wayne, Andrew and Dave were here to celebrate with us... Maybe they're all looking down and patting their feet to the beat."

The concert was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Four.

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Sam Moore found musical fame as one half of the '60s powerhouse duo Sam & Dave. With 1967's hit "Soul Man," the duo found lasting fame, defined a genre, and altered the course of music history. Their signature sound influenced a diverse array of musical talents, including Al Green, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and so many others. Sam & Dave's music and personas inspired the film The Blues Brothers, and other hits like "Hold On I'm Coming" have appeared on the soundtracks of more than a dozen films. Moore, 81, continues to record and perform to critical acclaim as a solo artist and as a guest performer for dozens of his musical friends. The Legendary Soul Man recently accepted a position as Artist in Residence at Florida International University as part of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education Humanities Project.

The legendary "soul man" Sam Moore remembers Aretha Franklin...

Moore was a label mate and close friends with the late Aretha Franklin, and joined many others in paying tribute to the Queen of Soul last year at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Sam Moore and Aretha Franklin attend the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert at Madison Square Garden on October 30, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage).

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