Sam & Dave

This is the greatest of all soul duos. With their string of hit call-and-response songs for Stax Records, Sam Moore and Dave Prater made the sound of the black congregation pop music. They often worked together with Isaac Hayes, David Porter and their songwriting and production teams. Booker T. and M.G. were used as backing musicians. These collaborations produced such heartfelt, fevered songs as “You don’t know like I know,” “Hold on, I’m Comin” and “You Got Me Hummin’.” Sam and Dave gained fame as a live performer in the Stax revues that were held in the mid-Sixties where they competed with Otis Redding for applause. Dave Prater was born in Ocilla on May 9, 1937. Sam Moore was born in Miami on October 12, 1935. In 1961, the duo met in Prater’s hometown. Moore was a church-raised singer who sang with gospel quartets such as the Gales or the Mellionaires. He once declined an offer to be replaced by Sam Cooke in Soul Stirrers. Prater, his brother’s gospel singer, had moved to Miami to join the Sensational Hummingbirds. It was R

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