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      Dave Prater Jr.

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      Birthday: May 9, 1937

      Birthplace: Ocilla, Georgia, USA

      One half of the legendary African-American R&B duo Sam & Dave, Dave Prater first met fellow singer Sam Moore in a Miami nightclub and found that they made a terrific team. Sam & Dave's earliest singles made nary a ripple, but things changed dramatically once they joined Stax Records and entered into a creative partnership with Isaac Hayes and David Porter. The duo became regular fixtures on the Billboard R&B charts, with 10 straight singles in the Top 20 and three consecutive albums in the Top 10. However, by the start of the 1970s, their careers had begun to stall, a result of behind-the-scenes creative changes and drug abuse. They enjoyed renewed notoriety, thanks to the success of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd's Blues Brothers act, which recorded a popular cover version of "Soul Man" and used two Sam & Dave songs in their hit 1980 movie. Although Sam & Dave continued to perform together, there was no love lost between the two. When they finally split for good, Prater was taken to court by Moore for using their moniker without his permission. Key figures in the genre of Southern soul, Sam & Dave merged black gospel and pop melody into an unbelievably catchy and rhythmic combination, but a fatal car accident ultimately prevented Prater from having the same career longevity as his partner.

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      No Score Yet 45% One-Trick Pony Self - 1980