Saturday, June 15, 2024

Happy Birthday Sam Moore! R&B Legend Turns 77 Today


The great R&B legend Sam Moore turns 77 today. The singer of “Soul Man,” “Hold on I’m Coming,” “When Something is Wrong with My Baby” and dozens more hits has performed for all the US presidents, at two inaugurations, and with countless superstars. Recently, a staffer at one of the late night talk shows told me: “I love it when Sam comes to the show. He’s the only one who sings on key.”

Moore’s miraculous voice has been paired on record not only with late partner Dave Prater, but with Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Wynonna Judd, Conway Twitty, Valerie Simpson and Cee Lo Green. And Sam is going strong. He’s got a couple of albums in the works, shows lined up, and may even put in an appearance at this year’s inauguration. (In 2008, he, Sting, and Elvis Costello headlined for the Creative Coalition.)

He and his wife Joyce are tireless advocates for performers rights, for the Performers Royalty Act. Sam, like, so many singers, didn’t write his own material. So he gets not a dime when his hits are played on the radio.

Check him out on Facebook, where Sam is getting a lot of kudos today. Happy Birthday! I’m honored to know you after all these years….


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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