Sam & Dave

Soul Man

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If any act illustrated the ties that bind soul music and gospel music, it was Stax's Sam & Dave. The best example of this is "Soul Man." Written and produced by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, the track featured members of Booker T. & the MG's, except for Booker himself who was away at college: drummer Al Jackson Jr., bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn, guitarist Steve Cropper, pianist Hayes, and the Memphis Horns. Hayes wanted the record to have rhythmic elements similar to Bo Diddley's "Bo Diddley." From their Soul Men LP, "Soul Man" stayed at number one R&B for seven weeks in the fall of 1967. Cropper and Dunn redid "Soul Man" for the soundtrack of the 1978 John Belushi/Dan Ackroyd movie The Blue Brothers and appeared in the film.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sam & Dave 1966 Collectors' Choice Music
Soul Men 1967 Warner Bros. / WEA 2:39
No Image 1968 Paula Records 2:25
The Best of Sam & Dave [Atlantic] 1969 Atlantic 23:36
Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 2 - The 60's 196?
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
Sweet and Funky Gold 1976 Hollywood 2:56
No Image 1984
Various Artists
MCA
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6 (1966-1969) 1985
Various Artists
Atlantic 0:00
20 Greatest Hits of 1968 [Deluxe] 1987
Various Artists
Deluxe 2:52
The Golden Age of Black Music: 1960-1970 1988
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:34
Billboard Top Rock 'N' Roll Hits: 1967 1989
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Atlantic Soul Classics [1985] 1990
Various Artists
Warner Music / Rhino 2:38
The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, 1959-1968 1991
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:36
70 Ounces of Gold: Rock & Gold 1992
Various Artists
Compose Records 2:56
Sweat 'n' Soul: Anthology (1965-1971) 1993 Rhino 2:41
Rock & Roll Years: 1967 1993
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:35
Soul Hits, Vol. 3 [Rhino] 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Rock Stars on LP, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
Hollywood / IMG 2:53
The Very Best of Sam & Dave 1995 Rhino 2:40
American Jukebox Classics, Vol. 10: Rhythm & Blues 1995
Various Artists
Sterling Gold 2:34
Blast from the Past, Vol. 1 [Total Recording] 1995
Various Artists
Top Music
Blues & Soul 1995
Various Artists
Griffin 2:36
Brothers in Blues & Sisters in Soul 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Sixties: Groovy Hits 1995
Various Artists
St. Clair / Prime Cuts 2:30
Super Box of Soul, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
2:37
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings
Party Rock: Gold for the Road 1996
Various Artists
Compose Records / Peter Pan (ISP) 2:56
Tell It Like It Is [K-Tel] 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Sixties Groovy Hits [1996] 1996
Various Artists
St. Clair / Boxsets 2:30
Soul Classics, Vol. 1 [Intercontinental] 1996
Various Artists
ITC Masters / Intercontinental Records 2:56
The Hit Box 1 1996
Various Artists
United Multi Consign 2:57
Soul Man [Remember] 1996 Remember Records 2:57
Only Rock 'N Roll 1965-1969: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:37
ABC Monday Night Football: Official Party Album 1996
Various Artists
Hollywood 2:39
Four by Four, Vol. 4 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:40
Sixties Generation: 1967 1997
Various Artists
St. Clair / Sixties Generation
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 10: '60s Soul - Tell It Like It Is 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:37
Vintage Soul Classics 1997
Various Artists
Beacon Records (Rock) / Beacon Records 2:38
70's Rock [Madacy 1997] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 0:00
Soul Man & Other Hits 1997 Flashback Records 2:40
25 Years of R&B: 1967 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records 2:40
3 for 3: The Chi-Lites, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes & Sam & Dave 1997
Various Artists
3 for 3 2:55
Hits to Remember, Vol. 1 1997
Various Artists
Galaxy Music 2:56
Soulful 60's 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:38
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:36
25 Years of R&B 1998
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:40
Get Dancin' 1998
Various Artists
Double Play Records 2:37
Ultimate 60's Soul Smashes 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Atlantic Records 50 Years: The Gold Anniversary 1998
Various Artists
Atlantic 2:41
Great Voice of Soul [Rivie're Int'l] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records
100 Jukebox Hits: 50's & 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:34
Party Favorites [Intercontinental] 1998
Various Artists
Intercontinental Records 2:37
The Great Voice of Soul [Cleopatra] 1998
Various Artists
Cleopatra 2:50
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 8: Soul Explosion 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:37
Bar-B-Que Soul-A-Bration 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Beat Goes On [Rivie're] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 2:52
Chart Toppers: R&B Hits of the 60s 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:37
Super Box of Soul 1998
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 2:36
Soul Legends: The Classic Collections of Sweet Soul 1998
Various Artists
Master 2:35
No Image 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Esquire Soul Classics 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:37
Non-Stop Dancing [Madacy] 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:27
Soul Jams 1998
Various Artists
St. Clair / Soul Disciples 2:33
Non Stop Hits: Rock N' Roll of the 60's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 2:27
Hold On, I'm Comin' [Rivie're] 1999 Riviere International Records 2:53
Greatest Soul Album of All Time [Dressed to Kill] 1999
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:50
DJ Don's Party Mix: Dance Party 1999
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness / Dance) 2:42
Soul Classics: Golden Greats 1999
Various Artists
Fine Tune 2:50
Smooth Soul Classics [Platinum Disc] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:35
Party Zone [K-Tel] 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:34
Best Soul Album in the World 1999
Various Artists
Virgin 2:37
No Image 1999 The Entertainers (Italy) 2:56
Body Moves 1999
Various Artists
PGD 2:01
Millennium Party Madness 1999
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:37
Rock Stars on CD 1999
Various Artists
Starday Records / King 2:53
The Sixties Collection 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:31
R&B Superhits 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:55
Soul Monty 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:47
Back to Back 2000 Dominion / K-Tel Distribution 0:00
The Essential Cult Movies [9 Disc Box] 2000
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:47
Millennium Soul Party 2000
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
Sixties Generation: 1966-1967 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 9:45
Sixties Shakin' All Over 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:37
60's: Sensations 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:55
Classic Soul Crate 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:37
Soul Sensations [Direct Source] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:55
60's Flower Power 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:55
Rock & Roll Hall of Famers 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:35
Soul Greats 2000
Various Artists
Goldies 2:56
Big Soul Hits 2000 Metro 2:49
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:38
A Child's Celebration of Soul 2000
Various Artists
Music for Little People 2:54
The Stax Story 2000
Various Artists
Stax 2:39
Forever Gold: The 60's Groovy Hits 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:30
60s Party Pack, 2nd Edition 2000
Various Artists
Legacy 2:55
Rock N' Roll 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:38
60's Time Tunnel, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Legacy 2:56
Back to Black: 1900-1999 2001
Various Artists
Universal International 2:39
Instant Party: Whole Lotta Soul 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:37
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:38
Star Power: Sam & Dave 2001 Direct Source
Mega Soul 2001
Various Artists
Wagram Records 2:47
Wolfman Jack's: Hall of Fame 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:37
The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection, Vol. 5: The Sixties 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:37
Dick Clark's #1's: 50's to 70's "When AM Radio Was King" 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Sam & Dave [Platinum Disc] 2001 Platinum Disc 2:35
A Decade in Sound 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:48
Soul Love, Vol. 3 2001
Various Artists
Dressed To Kill 2:50
This Is Soul: Soul for Dancing 2001
Various Artists
Pegasus 2:36
The Blues & Soul, Vol. 1: 1966-1969 2002
Various Artists
Connoisseur 2:35
Wolfman Jack's: Graffiti R&R Instrumentals 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:37
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 2:39
Jukebox Hits 1967 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:38
Rock N' Roll Hits: Golden 1967 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:33
I Thank You [Brentwood] 2002 BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 2:56
Old School Box of Soul 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:37
Soul: Superfly 2002
Various Artists
404 Music Group 2:49
Homies in a Box 2002
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:37
R&B Soul Classics 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:38
No Image 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:58
60's Flower Power [Direct Source 2002] 2002
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:55
Gold Funk and Soul 2003
Various Artists
Cleopatra 3:41
Southern Soul 2003 Prism Leisure 2:55
Twogether Soul 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:47
60s Rock n' Roll 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:56
Jukebox Hits, Vol. 3 2003
Various Artists
United Multi License 2:48
21 Winners: Jukebox Hits of the '60s [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:54
The Incredible Soul Collection 2003
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Ultimate Soul [Madacy] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:39
Tribute to the Music of the Blues Brothers 2003
Various Artists
Wonderful Music 2:57
Jammin Soul, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:40
Respect: The Soul Generation Soundtrack 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:37
WCBS FM: Motown, Soul and Rock N Roll: Motown 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 2:39
Simply the Best Platinum Soul 2003
Various Artists
WEA International 2:37
20 Rockin' Hits of the 60's [Disc 4] 2003
Various Artists
Madacy 2:54
The Best of Sam & Dave [Delta] 2004 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 2:55
20 Best of 60s Rock 'n' Roll 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:55
The Sounds of Summer [Box Set #1] 2004
Various Artists
MCPS / United Audio Entertainment 2:57
Soul Man & Other Favorites [Collectables] 2004 Collectables 2:40
Memphis Celebrates 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll 2004
Various Artists
BMG / BMG Heritage 2:39
Solid Soul [Dynamic] 2004
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:48
Soul Grooves [Columbia River] 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:55
Percy Sledge and Sam & Dave 2004 Platinum Disc 2:35
Party Madness 2005
Various Artists
Northquest 2:55
Frat House Favorites [Columbia River] 2005
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:55
60's Groovy Hits 2005
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:55
I'm a Soul Man 2005 Legacy 2:55
No Image 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:56
Soul 2 Soul 2005
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:54
Rhino Hi-Five: Sam & Dave 2005 Atlantic / Rhino 2:40
1960's Happy Days [2005 #2] 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 2:55
Sound of Hits of the 60's Spanish Harlem 2005
Various Artists
The Sound Of 2:58
R&B: Let's Stay Together 2005
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) / Brentwood Records 2:58
Soul Man: The Best of Sam & Dave 2005 Aim Records 2:52
All That Soul 2005
Various Artists
WEA / Warner 2:37
Best of Soul: Four Tops/Temptations/Smokey Robinson 2005
Various Artists
Prime Cuts 2:57
Greetings from Memphis 2005
Various Artists
American Beat Records 2:39
10 Corso Como: Love 3 2005
Various Artists
Irma Records
Satisfaction Guaranteed: Incredible Soul Hits 2005
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 2:54
Funk Hits 2005
Various Artists
Double Play Records 2:39
Your Cheatin' Heart [BCI] 2005
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 2:58
Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, Vol. 6: 1965-1967 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:37
Golden Legends: Soul Legends 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:54
Hits of the 60s: Those Were the Days [3 Disc] 2006
Various Artists
BMG / Delta 2:40
Express Yourself: Soul In The 20th Century 2006
Various Artists
Universal / Um3 2:37
Collectables Classics [Box Set] 2006 Collectables 2:39
R&B Chart-Toppers: #1 Soul Hits of the 80's 2006
Various Artists
Sterling 2:37
Best of 60s Soul [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:40
Daddy Cool [Universal] 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 2:39
Soul Legends [Canada Import] 2006
Various Artists
Ground Floor 2:42
Funk N' R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:34
Stax Gold: Memphis Hits 2006
Various Artists
Warner Platinum 2:38
This Is R&B [Cleopatra] 2006
Various Artists
Cleopatra / Goldenlane 2:55
The Best of R&B [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:54
Atlantic R&B Box Set 2006
Various Artists
WEA International 2:37
Soul Man: Greatest Hits 2006 ZYX 2:56
13 R&B #1 Hits, Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
United Audio Entertainment 2:55
Forever Soul R&B 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 2:54
The Greatest Soul Music Hits of All Time 2006
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Stax 50: A 50th Anniversary Celebration 2007
Various Artists
Concord / Stax 2:39
The Platinum Collection 2007 WEA International 2:40
Stax/Volt: The Complete Singles 1959-1968, Vol. 9 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:40
Number 1's: '60s Soul 2007
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:35
Los Grandes del Soul 2007
Various Artists
Contrasena 2:37
Spirit of Soul [Spirit Of] 2007
Various Artists
Spirit Of (UK) 2:51
Sweet Soul Music: The Best of Stax 2007
Various Artists
UMVD 2:40
#1 Classic Hits of the 60s 1965-1970 2007
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:39
Atlantic 60th: Soul, Sweat and Strut 2007
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino 2:40
Ultimate Grammy Collection: Classic R&B 2008
Various Artists
Shout! Factory 2:39
Only in America: Atlantic Soul Classics 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic / Rhino / Rhino Atlantic 2:40
Sweet Soul Music: 1967 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
100 Hits: Sixties Pop 2010
Various Artists
100 Hits 2:39
Stax Number Ones 2010
Various Artists
Stax 2:40
101 Soul Anthems 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution / Source Interlink / Virgin 2:36
Soul Men/I Thank You 2012 Edsel 2:39
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:38
The Sapphires [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2012 Sony Music 2:38
Soul: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 2:38
Beach Party: R&B Beach Hits 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 2:56
Ultimate Collection: 60s Classics [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Union Square Music / Universal 2:36
The Best Ever Sixties 2015
Various Artists
Rhino
The Spirit of Memphis 1962-1976 2017 Craft Recordings / Universal 2:39
'60s: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:40
100 Greatest Breakfast Songs
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
101 Most Beloved Pop Masterpieces
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:42
American Classics [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino
Best of Soul: 20 Original Hits
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:40
Black Magic [Wisepack]
Various Artists
Wisepack
Car-aoke: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:40
Classic Love Songs of Rock 'N' Roll
Various Artists
Time Life 2:37
Happy Mother's Day
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Introducing...Soul
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music / WSM 2:40
Mum
Various Artists
Mum
Rhino 2:40
Sixties [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:35
Soulful Mornings
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
Soulsville U.S.A.: A Celebration of Stax
Various Artists
Craft Recordings / Universal 2:39
Sweet Soul Music [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:34
Sweet Soul Music [Single] K-Tel Distribution
No Image
Various Artists
Dino Entertainment
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 2:41
Top Hits/60's Only Number 1's
Various Artists
Warner Music 2:40