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Sam & Dave hit ‘Soul Man’ marks its 50th birthday

November 14, 2017 GMT

Sam Moore and Dave Prater Jr.’s hit single “Soul Man” is 50 years old.

The song was written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, with help from Moore, released on the historic Memphis based Stax Records label, and hit No. 1 on Cashbox’s Pop Charts Nov. 11, 1967, Moore’s media rep said.

The single also topped the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, No. 2 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 and #2 in Canada.

The famous “Soul Man” earned the duo the 1968 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental.

“Soul Man” also was the first song written with the word “soul” in its title and the first time the words “soul” and “man” were coupled together in English language usage, Moore’s rep Jeremy Westby said.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-226-4711, cbiedka@tribweb.com or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.