Friday, April 19, 2024

Miami Heat Win, Also A WIn for Sam & Dave Circa 1969


The Miami Heat are the NBA champs at last. But another group from Miami will come out a winner from these NBA finals. Sam & Dave–the greatest singing duo in the history of R&B– were featured in an NBA clip that used their hit “I Thank You” from an Ed Sullivan show in 1969. In the new version, Big Heads of NBA all-stars were superimposed on Sam Moore, Dave Prater and their band. Ironically, Sam & Dave were from Miami and generated just as much heat. Now Sam Moore, who plays the City Winery July 17th in New York and is getting ready to record a new album, will have a nice pay day along with every one who was on that clip. Here’s a link to the NBA commercial: The original 1969 video –which shows what soul music is supposed to be from the real Soul Men (not Cedric the Entertainer, thank you)–is in our video player at the bottom of this page.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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