Sam Moore — one half of the legendary R&B duo Sam & Dave — celebrates his 85th birthday today (October 12th). Moore and Dave Prater are best remembered for their historic '60s hits for the Stax label, including “You Don't Know Like I Know,” “I Thank You,” “Hold On! I'm Comin'” and 1967's Top Three hit “Soul Man.” The duo recorded the majority of their work at Memphis' Stax studios under the guidance of songwriter/producers Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter, with Booker T. and the MGs often serving as their backing band. Sam & Dave officially split in 1969, only to reform from 1972 to 1975.
After the success of the Blues Brothers' 1978 cover of “Soul Man” Sam & Dave teamed up again and toured extensively through 1981. Prater died in a car accident in 1988 and Moore has continued to record and remain a top concert draw. Sam & Dave were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. That same year, Moore was featured singing on several cuts on Bruce Springsteen's Human Touch album.
Next year, Sam Moore appeared on PBS' Grammy Salute To Music Legends, as part of the network's Great Performances series. The show captured he fourth annual all-star concert spotlight for the Academy’s 2019 Special Merit Awards recipients. In addition to Sam & Dave, the honorees were Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, Dionne Warwick, Lou Adler, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, Johnny Mandel, and Saul Walker.