Sunday, May 26, 2024

“Soul Man” Sam Moore Turns 81, Spends the Day Educating School Kids in Miami-Dade County


“Soul Man” Sam Moore was such a hit last week at the Little Kids Rock event in New York that the group asked him for help today in Miami. And Moore, who turns 81 today, obliged.

Sam and his wife Joyce Moore are helping national nonprofit Little Kids Rock launch brand new music programs in over 30 Miami‐Dade County Public Schools on Wednesday. They will train and equip dozens of teachers to launch innovative music programs with instruments and curricular resources donated by Little Kids Rock.
Students from South Miami K‐8 Center who participate in the Little Kids Rock program are performing.

The Miami connection resonates because that was where Moore was born and first came to prominence as a singer, first in gospel music and then with the late Dave Prater as Sam and Dave. Their many hits include “Soul Man,” “Hold On I’m Coming” and “I Thank You.”

Sam was named to the list of 100 best singers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine, and was one of the earliest inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s sung for all the living presidents (one time for all them together) and has appeared many times in recent years at the White House and the Kennedy Center.

Sam’s name appears more times than any other artist in Bruce Springsteen’s new memoir. The Boss lists him as an “inspiration.” He inspires all of us! Happy Birthday, Sam!

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