White House To Salute “Memphis Soul”

Sam Moore

Legendary Soul Man  Sam Moore will perform in the East Room at the White House to celebrate the timeless classics of “Memphis Soul” as part of the Emmy Award-Nominated PBS Music Special IN PERFORMANCE AT THE WHITE HOUSE Series on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the all-star concert, which will include performances by Sam Moore, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Eddie Floyd, Ben Harper, Queen Latifah, Cyndi Lauper, Joshua Ledet, Charlie Musselwhite. Alabama Shakes, Mavis Staples and Justin Timberlake, along with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader. The program will premiere on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. EST on PBS stations nationwide.

Sam Moore is very appreciative of the invitation from the President, as the White House is saluting “Memphis Soul” and the artists who were fortunate enough to have been part of the creation of an American cultural legacy. The all-star concert will honor memorable soul sounds from the mid- to late-1960s that emerged from Memphis, Tennessee, along with legendary labels such as Stax-Volt Records and H Records, which featured artists such as Al Green, Otis Redding, Mavis Staples, Carla Thomas and many more. The evening pays homage to a segregated city, deep in the South, in the 1960s, where many whites and blacks nonetheless came together to make soulful music magic that mixed gospel with potent rhythmic grooves, which came to be known as Sweet Soul/Memphis Soul music.

While the timing of this program may not be ideal due to the sequestration, at 77 years old, and having lost so many friends and peers including his former partner Dave Prater Jr., Duck Dunn, Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Andrew Love, Otis Redding, Pops and Cleo Staples, Johnny Taylor and Rufus Thomas, all of whom contributed to the Memphis Soul sound, Sam Moore acknowledges that this concert might not be possible at another moment in time. Moore hopes his performance will honor his fellow pioneers from Stax and Hi Records, including Jay Blackfoot, Rev. Al Green, Anne Peebles, The Soul Children and Carla and Marvell Thomas.

This performance will mark Sam Moore’s second invitation to appear at the White House for a sitting president. Furthermore, with this concert, Moore will have performed for all five of the living Presidents of the United States – Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama – an honor he is extremely proud of.

ABOUT SAM MOORE: An American Southern soul and R&B legend, Moore’s early success was as part of the historic Memphis Soul duo Sam & Dave, with Dave Prater Jr. Their rapid-fire style was fashioned and pioneered by Moore, and with hit songs such as “Soul Man,” the duo inspired The Blues Brothers personas and movie. Moore has maintained his appeal as a solo artist, continuing to tour and earn critical acclaim for his work. A GRAMMY Award winner, Moore has also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and awarded a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, among many other honors. Sam Moore and his wife Joyce have made it their personal mission to champion the rights of their peers, the creators of great legacy music, by lobbying congress to pass a broadcast performance rights bill so that when their historic music is played on AM and FM radio, the legacy artists will finally receive compensation and enable them to also collect the hundreds of millions of dollars from around the world that they have been denied for lack of reciprocity. 

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