Happiest of birthdays to the original and only real Soul Man, Sam Moore.
The singer of “Soul Man,” “Hold On I’m Coming” and many other classic hits turns 86 years young today.
Sam is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (when it meant something), a Grammy winner, and a long time advocate for performers and artists rights. He’s testified in front of Congress about the importance of performers getting royalties for their radio play, among other things.
He’s also sung for all the presidents living and for George Bush Sr. on his inauguration. (He also performed to celebrate Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2008 with Sting and Elvis Costello.)
Sam is the last of the Atlantic soul stars that included Aretha, Wilson Pickett, Ray Charles, and so on. He needs a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Hello, Atlantic!)
Happy, happy birthday, Sam! (And PS his voice is better than ever!) He will celebrate tonight with his wife of 40 years, Joyce, and his big family around him!