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Dave Prater
Birth: May 9, 1937
Death: Apr. 9, 1988

R&B Musician. A native of Ocilla, Georgia, he was a member of the popular rhythm and blues group, 'Sam & Dave.' Both Prater and Moore played in soul and rhythm and blues clubs throughout the 1950s, before meeting up in the early 1960s. The group was formed in 1961 after Prater met Sam Moore at a talent contest while they were both at the King of Hearts Club in Miami, Florida. Both Southern boys, the two grew up singing in there church choirs. The two recorded together for years including in around Miami, Florida, before they were finally signed to the Atlantic Records Label in 1965, but later were moved to the Stax Records Label by music producer Jerry Wexler. The duo began working with the writing team of the talented songwriters and producers Isaac Hayes and David Porter and began to release several gospel/soul type R&B hit songs including a series of Top Tens including, 'Hold On! I'm Comin,' You Got Me Hummin,' 'When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,' 'Soul Man,' and 'I Thank You,' all between 1966 and 1968. In 1968, when the duo were changed to the Stax Record Label there partnership with Hayes and Porter was over. Although they continued to record and do live shows throughout the 1960s. They parted ways in 1970, disbanding for good a year later. Throughout the 1970s the duo did rejoin several times but with little notice. In 1980 after the success of the John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd film, "The Blues Brothers" (which was somewhat based on 'Sam & Dave'), new interest was found in the group, and they rejoined once again to do a series of concerts. There last attempt at a reunion was a New Year's Eve concert in 1981. In 1993, 'Sam & Dave' were inducted into the Rock and Roll of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Other recordings by 'Sam & Dave,' include, 'It Feels So Nice,' 'If She'll Still have Me,' 'Keep A Walkin,' 'I Need You,' 'I Found Out,' and 'Listening To My Name.' 
 
Burial:
Holy Sepulchre Cemetery
Totowa
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
 
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Record added: Dec 16, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 7016693
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Seeing you in concert one time in Okla shall forever be a joy in my life. God bless the family and all the fans and friends.
- Gsharon710
 Added: Sep. 16, 2014
"Soul Man" RIP
- Innis Moy
 Added: Aug. 17, 2014

- Pasha
 Added: Jun. 5, 2014
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