Sam & Dave

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Sam & Dave were an American soul and R&B duo who performed together from 1961 until 1981. The tenor (higher) voice was Sam Moore (1935) and the baritone/tenor (lower) voice was Dave Prater (1937–1988).

Sam & Dave are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Memphis Music Hall of Fame, and are Grammy Award and multiple gold record award-winning artists. According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Sam & Dave were the most successful soul duo and brought the sounds of the black gospel church to pop music with their call-and-response records. Recorded primarily at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee, from 1965 through 1968, these included "Soul Man," "Hold On, I'm Comin'," "You Don't Know Like I Know," "I Thank You," "When Something is Wrong with My Baby," "Wrap It Up," and many other Southern Soul classics. Except for Aretha Franklin, no soul act during Sam & Dave's Stax years (1965–1968) had more consistent R&B chart success, including 10 consecutive top 20 singles and 3 consecutive top 10 LPs. Their crossover charts appeal (13 straight appearances and 2 top 10 singles) helped to pave the way for the acceptance of soul music by white pop audiences, and their song "Soul Man" was one of the first songs by a black group to top the pop charts using the word "soul," helping define the genre. "Soul Man" was a number one Pop Hit (Cashbox: November 11, 1967) and has been recognized as one of the most influential songs of the past 50 years by the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone magazine, and RIAA Songs of the Century. "Soul Man" was featured as the soundtrack and title for a 1986 film and also a 1997–1998 television series, and Soul Men was a 2008 feature film.

Nicknamed "Double Dynamite," "The Sultans of Sweat," and "The Dynamic Duo" for their gritty, gospel-infused performances, Sam & Dave are considered one of the greatest live acts of the 1960s. Many subsequent musicians have named them as an influence, including Bruce Springsteen, Al Green, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Elvis Costello, The Jam, Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Joel and Steve Winwood. The Blues Brothers, who helped create a resurgence of popularity for soul, R&B, and blues in the 1980s, were influenced by Sam & Dave – their biggest hit was a cover of "Soul Man," and their act and stage show contained many homages to the duo.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1966 Double Dynamite 1
1966 Hold On, I'm Comin' 2
1967 Soul Men 4
1968 I Thank You 1
1974 Back at 'Cha! 1
1995 Sweet Soul Music 1
2002 Southern Soul 1
2005 Double Dynamite 1
Soul Brothers 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1969 The Best of Sam & Dave 3
1986 Sweet & Funky Gold 2
1987 Soul Man 1
1989 25 Greatest Hits 1
1990 An Anthology of the Stax Years 1965 to 1968 1
1990 Soul Man 1
1993 Sweat 'n' Soul: Anthology (1965-1971) 1
1995 The Very Best of Sam & Dave 1
1997 Soul Man and Other Hits 1
1998 Soul Man 1
2001 Greatest Hits 1
2002 The Essentials: Sam & Dave 1
2003 Greatest Hits 1
2006 The Definitive Soul Collection 1
2007 The Platinum Collection 1
20 Golden Hits 1
Greatest Hits 1
Greatest Hits 1
Roots 'N' Blues 1
Sam & Dave Greatest Hits 1
Soul Man: Greatest Hits 1
Sweet Soul Music 1
The Greatest Hits of Sam & Dave 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1965 Goodnight Baby / A Place Nobody Can Find 1
1965 I Take What I Want / Sweet Home 1
1967 When Something Is Wrong With My Baby / A Small Portion of Your Love 1
1967 Soul Man 1
1967 Soothe Me (live) / I Can't Stand Up (For Falling Down) 1
1968 Soul Sister, Brown Sugar / Come On In 1
1968 Can't You Find Another Way (of Doing It) / Still Is the Night 1
1968 You Don't Know What You Mean to Me / This Is Your World 1

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