Sam Moore, the original Soul Man of Sam & Dave, is being inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in October, just five days after his 80th birthday. Moore is on Rolling Stone’s list of the top 100 singers of all time, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He appeared last December on the Kennedy Center Honors and has sung for all the living presidents.
Sam will be joined by Justin Timberlake, whose last two albums were the biggest sellers of 2014. Even though Justin is young for induction, he’s got the creds. He’s devoted to the Memphis sound and has used it on his solo records. He’s got soul!
The other inductees are pretty amazing too: Scotty Moore, legendary guitarist of Elvis Presley and Sun Records fame; Al Jackson, Jr., the late great drummer for Booker T and the MGs; the great full throated country singer Charlie Rich (“The Most Beautiful Girl”), Memphis Slim, and Alberta Hunter, who was a legend at the Cookery over here on University Place in Greenwich Village for years.
This group joins the 47 previous inductees, including B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Sam Phillips, Otis Redding, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Howlin’ Wolf, bringing the total number of inductees to 54.
The event takes place Saturday, October 17th in Memphis with a lot of celebrating.