This hit song was by two soul men, Sam & Dave (Sam Moore and Dave Prater). “Soul Man” was written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter.
Sam and Dave first got together about 1961. It was 1966 when their first record hit the charts; “Hold On, I’m Comin.'” “Soul Man” is their most remembered song and it went up to the top of the Cash Box record chart for the week of Nov. 5 – 11. On the Billboard Hot 100 chart it only made it up to #2 but for three weeks (Oct. 29 – Nov. 18). They are alternating verses throughout the song. They were awarded a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Group Performance for “Soul Man.”
In 1968 the duo would have a chart hit of “I Thank You.” They would break up in 1970 but get back together and break up a few times after that. Dave Prater died in 1988.
The duo was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.