Friday, April 19, 2024

Soul Man Sam Moore, 78, Steals Paul Simon Show at Carnegie Hall


Quite a night at Carnegie Hall, where producer Michael Dorf staged one of his famous all star tributes last night. The honoree was Paul Simon, whose songs were sung by 20 or more acts ranging from Very Well Known to Completely Unknown. The big names: Judy Collins, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart, Richard Marx, Anjelique Kidjo, Betty Lavette, Bob Mould and Madeline Peyroux with Jon Herington.

Allen Toussaint made a big showing of “Take Me to the Mardi Gras,” a natural number for the New Orleans native.

But it was Sam Moore who got the audience on their feet with a gospel flavored “Loves Me Like a Rock.” He was antidote to some of the sleepier acts who took soft rock seriously. Still, it was a fun night that ended with all the acts– sans Collins– leading the crowd with “Feeling Groovy.”

Now Moore will show New York real R&B tonight at the City Winery on Varick and Spring Streets. The Grammy winning member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will make tonight’s show his second of three appearances in New York this month. On April 23rd he appears with Italian singer Zucchero at Madison Square Garden.

Tonight’s show features the Uptown Horns and Sam’s regular band. Some of Monday night’s performers are already threatening to show up. You know, everyone wants to sing “Soul Man.”

Moore is 78 and still rocking like it was 1966. He just recorded a new song called “They Killed a King” in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (The anniversary of King’s death is April 4th.) “They Killed a King” was record in Memphis at the legendary Royal Studios, now run by Willie Mitchell’s son, Boo.

Here’s the video. Go to for tickets.

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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