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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by HotRodSteve, Jan 6, 2019.
Did Steve Cropper and Donald "Duck" Dunn play on this?
Well they did record stuff at Stax so it's possible (probable). But they also released stuff on Rhino. I'm not clear on the relation of Stax and Rhino.
But no matter what, Sam and Dave RULE!!!
Elwood: Well this is definitely Lower Wacker Drive. If my estimations are correct, we should be very close to the Honorable Richard J. Daley Plaza.
Jake: That's where they got that Picasso.
After reading these posts I started reading some articles on Steve Cropper and Sam and Dave. I love Soul Man and read this interesting note about it.
At the 1:15 mark, you can hear guitarist Steve Cropper play four notes that elicit the reply from Sam Moore: "Play it, Steve!" This was spontaneous, and done in one take.
Cropper recalled to Uncut in 2015: "Sam said ' Play it, Steve!' only one time, on one take, which happened to be the best take, so we used that. I didn't think about it at the time. We didn't know it was going to make history."
"The Stax studio where they recorded the song was a converted theater, and a bastion of creative energy. Cropper's guitar lick came after producer Isaac Hayes asked him for an Elmore James sounding slide part. Cropper used a Zippo lighter as a slide and got those famous notes."
Speaking about coming up with the famous guitar intro, Steve Cropper said: "Isaac Hayes came to me the night before the session. It was in the late afternoon and they had been back in their office, writing all day long. He came out and he said, 'David Porter and I have got this great idea. I really think this song is a hit, but I just can't come up with anything for the intro on this thing.' He asked me if I would go down to the piano with him for a minute and fool around, which I did. He was always coming up with these changes - he was such a good jazz musician, and he could come up with these different sets of changes, and sometimes leave it to me to put some sort of lick or something on top of those changes, and that's how the intro of 'Soul Man' was born."
Little known Hollywood fact that Dan Ackroyd is one of the greatest stunt drivers ever. 120MPH under the L while being chased by the entire CPD and a camera bolted to the hood.
Thanks HotRod Steve....we need more Sam and Dave posts.....how about one EVERY DAY!!!!!!
Yes. The whole Booker T. and the MGs gang is on it, plus horns.
There's no business relationship between Stax and Rhino, especially since Stax ceased to exist before Rhino did. Rhino mainly rereleases various genres of music like this.
I agree, more Sam and Dave.
"Soothe Me," Stax 218, was released May 30, 1967, and is a cover of the Sam Cooke original.
A very good Stax box is the nine-volume The Complete Stax/Volt Singles, 1959-1968, which includes a big book with all this info in it, written by Rob Bowman.
Anyone else fans of the Swanky Modes?
Sam and Junior. No Dave.
Absolutely love Sma and Dave...especially I Take What I Want, You Don't Know Like I Know and ...well...many others.