Monday, May 20, 2024

R&B Legend Sam Moore Gets Presidential Signing Pen as 83rd Birthday Gift as Music Legislation Becomes Law


How thrilled and proud I am: Sam Moore went to Washington DC yesterday with the RIAA and witnessed the signing of the Music Modernization Act by Donald Trump. (Maybe it’s the one good thing Trump will do in his administration, but he signed it and we thank him.) Sam and his wife Joyce have been in the forefront with Sound Exchange, the RIAA and NARAS to get this bill passed so that he and his peers, with mostly pre-1972 hits, are finally acknowledged and rewarded. Aretha Franklin would be very pleased, so would Frank Sinatra. Their heirs will benefit from this law, as will everyone from Elvis to one hit wonders like Norman Greenbaum and Question Mark and the Mysterians.

Sam turns 83 today, and what a great day to start his 84th year. He’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Early admission!), he’s got a Grammy, he’s sung for all the living presidents. Obama and Clinton love him. The Bushes love him. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Sting love him. What’s not to love? Happy Birthday, Sam! We thank you! (Pictured: Sam Moore with NARAS president Neil Portnow)

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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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