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Sam & Dave – Double Dynamite

Sam & Dave – Double Dynamite

Sam & Dave are an American soul and R&B duo who performed together from 1961 until 1981.  Furthermore, Sam Moore is the tenor in the group while Dave Prater is the Baritone-tenor.  Also, they’re the most successful soul duo that brought the sounds of the black gospel church to pop music.

How did they do it?  With their call-and-response records.  I don’t know about you, but when you hear any of their songs, you know there is a party going on.  Granted, they’re not the only ones to do this but when they do know how to create a great showcase.

The Formation of Sam & Dave

This dynamic duo met through playing the Gospel Circuit and then, later in the clubs of Miami at Amateur Nights. Shortly after they start performing together at the King of Hearts Club and have been working together ever since.  Soul singer and record producer Steve Alaimo discovers the duo while performing during the same show with them at the King of Hearts nightclub in Miami and shortly after, signs them to Marlin Records.

Headliners For Stax 

In March 1967, Sam & Dave were co-headliners for the Stax/Volt Revue in Europe, which included Booker T & the MGs, The Mar-Keys, Eddie Floyd, Carla Thomas, Arthur Conley and headliner Otis Redding. It is the duo’s first trip to Europe. Although Redding headlined the tour, many agreed Sam & Dave stole the show on many nights. 

After the tour, Sam & Dave worked as headliners in the U.S. and in Europe during Fall 1967, Fall 1968 and January 1970, and in Japan in 1969 and 1970.

This was truly a long working relationship and although Prater passes in 1988, Moore continues to  keep the music going strong.

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