Gospel Roots Meets Soul Music

The Lifetime Achievement Award in May in Los Angeles.

Sam Moore and Dave Prater – the groundbreaking duo, Sam & Dave, who brought their gospel roots to Soul music, were one of the primary chart stars at the Stax and Atlantic labels in the '60s. Bringing the passion of call and response to their wailing soul side, the duo were honored by The Recording Academy™ as one of the recipients of the Special Merit Awards. 


The GRAMMY-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members, dubbed "Double Dynamite," found success with songs like 1966's "Hold On, I'm Comin'" (No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart and No. 21 on the pop chart) and 1967's "Soul Man" (No. 1 on the R&B chart and No. 2 on the pop chart). In 1967, "Soul Man" garnered the duo a GRAMMY Award for Best Performance: Rhythm & Blues Group, and in 1999 the song was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

As previously announced, in collaboration with PBS' "Great Performances" series, the Recording Academy™ presents "GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends ®," the fourth annual all-star concert offering a prime-time spotlight for the Academy's 2019 Special Merit Awards recipients. Photo above: Garth Brooks - Sam Moore  This year's Lifetime Achievement Award honorees are Sam & Dave, Black Sabbath, George Clinton & Parliament-Funkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias, and Dionne Warwick. Lou Adler, Nickolas Ashford & Valerie Simpson, and Johnny Mandel are Trustees Award honorees; and Saul Walker is the Technical GRAMMY® Award recipient. Also being honored is Jeffery Redding, this year's recipient of the Music Educator Award™, which is presented by the Recording Academy and GRAMMY Museum®. Led by GRAMMY-nominated industry icon Greg Phillinganes as musical director and hosted by past GRAMMY nominee Sheila E, the celebration and tribute concert features rare performances by honorees and never-before-seen renditions of their classic songs by those they've inspired.