500 Greatest Songs of All Time


Sam and Dave, 'Soul Man'

Writers: Isaac Hayes, David Porter
Producers: Hayes, Porter
Released: Sept. '67, Stax
15 weeks; No. 2

For the follow-up to "Hold On, I'm Comin'," writer-producers Hayes and Porter decided to tinker with their formula: Porter asked singer Sam Moore to give him "the Bobby Bland squall," guitarist Steve Cropper came up with the licks that set up the familiar blast of the Memphis Horns, and — voilà! — another soul classic was born. "We had no idea how good we were," Hayes said of the partnership.

Appears on: Soul Men (Rhino)

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