Sam & Dave were always a great live act. But during their heyday (1966-1968), Sam Moore (tenor) and Dave Prater (tenor/baritone) were at the very pinnacle of show business, bringing all the fervor of gospel music to their performances of great songs with outstanding instrumental support. Only Otis Redding and James Brown among soul musicians and Bruce Springsteen among rock musicians could generate the same level of sustained live excitement as Sam & Dave at their peak.

See for yourself: I've posted two live clips from their 1967 European tour on the Home Page for the months of December and January, which will then be retired to the Featured Artist Archive.

Most of Sam & Dave's well-known records were written by Isaac Hayes and David Porter and supported instrumentally by Booker T. & The M.G.'s and the Memphis Horns, soul royalty incarnate. A case could be made that their three best singles - "Hold On, I'm Comin,'" "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby," and "Soul Man" - are as good or better than the best trio of songs by any rock or soul artist. Got another opinion? I've set up a list to discuss this.

Did you ever see Sam & Dave live? Did you, like me, first get turned on to them with the 1969 LP The Best of Sam & Dave? Do you have other favorite songs of theirs?

Their great Anthology CD set has been out of print for years, but for only $5 at you can still buy all their essential tracks on The Very Best of Sam & Dave. That's as good as soul music gets.