#RMF2020: Soul Man



 Day 10 of #RocktoberMusicFest2020

The Song choice for today: Soul Man
Artist: Soul Man
Year Representing: 1967

Wikipedia tells us this about the song:

"Soul Man" is a 1967 song written and composed by Isaac Hayes and David Porter, first successful as a number 2 hit single by Atlantic Records soul duo Sam & Dave, which consisted of Samuel "Sam" Moore and David "Dave" Prater. In 2019, "Soul Man" was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry as "culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress.

Co-author Isaac Hayes found the inspiration for "Soul Man" in the turmoil of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. In July 1967, watching a television newscast of the aftermath of the 12th Street riot in Detroit, Michigan, Hayes noted that black residents had marked buildings that had not been destroyed during the riots – mostly African-American owned and operated institutions – with the word "soul". Relating this occurrence to the biblical story of the Passover, Hayes and songwriting partner David Porter came up with the idea, in Hayes's words, of "a story about one's struggle to rise above his present conditions. It's almost a tune kind of like boasting, 'I'm a soul man.' It's a pride thing."

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Don't forget to come back tomorrow for more #RMF2020 fun!


  1. Love your song choice today, but in my head I’m hearing Ackroyd and Belushi ...

  2. Mary,

    Another excellent classic rock n' roll song. Robin's reminder of Ackroyd & Belushi covering this song makes me smile. The Blues Brothers is a great movie. It wasn't until years later that I learned that they actually performed on stage and I think they still do.

    Curious as a Cathy

    1. You are correct. After John Belushi died, other musicians have rotated in to fill his shoes - including his brother, Jim.

  3. The original Blues Brothers movie was great. "Blues Brothers 2000" was not, although Junior Wells was in it.

    Dave passed a few years back, but Sam is still working, bless him...


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