David Porter (US soul musician, producer & songwriter)

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David Porter (born November 21, 1941) is an American record producer, songwriter, singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Porter was a 2005 inductee into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, with catalog sales exceeding 300 million units. In 2015, Rolling Stone listed him among the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time. He is best known for songwriting, having written Sam & Dave's "Soul Man" (1968 Grammy winner), Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover" (1993 Grammy winner), Will Smith's "Get Jiggy Wit It" (1999 Grammy winner), Sam and Dave's "Hold On, I'm Comin'", and Biggie Smalls's "Who Shot Ya?".

He is also the founder of the Memphis-based Consortium MMT, a nonprofit organization seeking to develop the music industry in Memphis.

Porter has over 1700 songwriter and composer credits for a range of artists, including Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Celine Dion, Otis Redding, Drake, ZZ Top, Tom Jones, Ted Nugent, Bonnie Raitt, Wu-Tang Clan, Eminem, Patsy Cline, Albert King and Eurythmics.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Gritty, Groovy, & Gettin' It David Porter 1
1971 Into a Real Thing David Porter 1
1974 Victim of the Joke? David Porter 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Ain't That Loving You / Baby I'm-A Want You Isaac Hayes & David Porter 1

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