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Sam & Dave were an American Soul and Rhythm & Blues (R&B) vocal duo, who performed together from 1961 through 1981. The tenor (higher) vocalist was Samuel David Moore (born Samuel David Hicks on October 12, 1935, Winchester, Georgia), and the baritone/tenor (lower) vocalist was Dave Prater (May 9, 1937, Ocilla, Georgia – April 9, 1988, Sycamore, Georgia).

Sam & Dave are members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and are Grammy Award and multi-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 string of call-and-response hit records. Primarily recorded at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee from 1965 through 1968, these songs included "Soul Man", "Hold On, I'm Coming", "I Thank You", and other Southern soul classics. Other than Aretha Franklin, no other soul act during Sam & Dave's hitmaking Stax years (1966-1968) had more consistent R&B chart success, which included 10 consecutive top 20 singles and 3 consecutive top 10 LP's.<ref>An Anthology of Sam & Dave-The Stax Years CD liner notes page 1 Rob Bowman</ref> Their strong "crossover" popular charts appeal (13 straight appearances and 2 top 10's) also played a role in the adoption and acceptance of soul music by predominantly white pop audiences. "Soul Man" has been recognized by many organizations as one of the best or most influential songs of the past 50 years, including the Grammy Hall of Fame, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Rolling Stone Magazine, and RIAA Songs of the Century. "Soul Man" was also used as the soundtrack and title for both a 1986 film and a 1997–1998 television series.

Nicknamed "Double Dynamite" for their electrifying, sweaty, gospel-infused performances, Sam & Dave were also considered by critics to be one of the greatest live performing acts of the 1960s. The duo has also been cited as musical influences by numerous artists including Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Tom Petty and Stevie Winwood. The Blues Brothers, who helped create a major resurgence of popular interest in Soul, R&B, & Blues music in the 1980s, were heavily influenced by Sam & Dave (their biggest hit was their top 20 cover of "Soul Man", and their act and stage show had similarities to Sam & Dave's).

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