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Sam Forgives Dave
by Steve Payne
notes says, what if Sam finally forgave Dave for shooting his wife
On 27th December 2005, Samuel
David Moore finally spoke about his relationship with David Prater.
Both American Soul and Rhythm & Blues (R&B) singers were members of the soul
vocal duo Sam & Dave. They recorded and performed together from 1961 through
1981; Sam Moore was the tenor (higher) vocalist and Dave Prater was the
baritone/tenor (lower) vocalist.. Click
to watch the duo perfoming "Hold On, I'm Coming" live in 1967
In which a terrible past is finally set to rest..
Along with 'Wicked' Wilson Pickett the leaders of the second tier of Atlantic/Stax's
mighty '60s soul roster (first division: Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding), the
team of Sam Moore and Dave Prater produced some of the sweatiest, grittiest soul
music ever waxed.
"Double Dynamite", "The Sultans of Sweat", and "The Dynamic Duo" for their
sweaty, gritty, gospel-infused performances, Sam & Dave were one of the greatest
live acts of the 1960s. Phil Walden, Otis Redding's manager, said "I think Sam
and Dave will probably stand the test of time as being the best live act that
there ever was. Those guys were absolutely unbelievable. Every night they were
awesome." An October 1968 Time article reads: "Of all the R & B cats, nobody
steams up a place like Sam & Dave ... weaving and dancing (while singing!), they
gyrate through enough acrobatics to wear out more than 100 costumes per year."
to watch the duo performing "Soul Man" live in 1967 Both were also
serious drug addicts.
An increasingly volatile personal relationship between the two performers, Sam
reached a breaking point in their personal relationship in 1968. After Dave shot
his soon-to-be second wife in 1970, Sam told Dave "I'll sing with you, but I
shall never speak to you again."
Dave was killed in a freak car accident in 1988, in which his body shot into a
tree, severing his head from his torso. Later, Sam stated that 'He didn't think
of Dave, didn't think of him at all'.
In his Christmas broadcast, he admitted this was a mistake. Their sweatiest,
grittiest soul music was the result of their harsh life experiences, and now, as
an old man, finally he could find it in his heart to forgive him.
notes says, we watched a Top 10 songs from the sixties, hosted by Smokey
Robinson - all of the stars had some form of tragedy in their lives including of
course Smokey himself. To celebrate the genius of the duo's talent, we have
repurposed content from
Wikipedia and told a happier tale.
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