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Dave Prater of Sam and Dave was the seventh of ten siblings who all sang in the church choir.  He was working in a bakery before he started singing with Sam Moore. (Sam Moore on left; Dave Prater on right) Advertisements

Just Hold On: Etymology, Part 2

It’s time to dig again into the nature of the genre of soul music. When one looks up the definition of “soul music” — not “soul” as we had investigated before — online, one finds various versions with some common elements. Google calls soul music a kind of music incorporating elements of rhythm and blues and gospel music,…

fun fact!

Stax writers Isaac Hayes and David Porter (from left to right) were working into wee hours of the morning to prepare for a recording session the next day. When Hayes finally found a groove on the piano, he yelled to fellow writer David Porter, urging him to come back to the room quickly before he…

Got Me Spinnin’: STAX Records, Memphis, TN

We are of course dedicated to capturing the people and spirits who give birth to the sounds we hear: the singers and instrumentalists. They, after all, embody the very musicality we admire and ultimately cling to, even though people in other positions — engineers, producers, and writers — play critical roles too. Yet, these artists and their…