Alabama, Sam Moore to be Newest Inductees into Music City Walk of Fame
Ceremony to Take Place on May 26 at Walk of Fame Park
NASHVILLE – GRAMMY® winning band Alabama and the legendary Sam Moore, the voice behind “Soul Man,” will receive stars on the Music City Walk of Fame during an induction ceremony on May 26, 2016 at 1 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.
“This year’s inductees to the Music City Walk of Fame prove once again the dazzling scope and sweep of Nashville’s musical history,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “Alabama is one of the great country groups of all time. They created a stunning blend of voices and musical styles to top the charts over and over and over again. Sam Moore’s incredible vocals and stage moves helped make Sam & Dave one of the finest rhythm and blues acts in music history. Sam famously told Steve Cropper to ‘Play it, Steve’ in the middle of the classic song ‘Soul Man,’ and it’s going to be wonderful to see the two of them together again on the Music City Walk of Fame. Congratulations to this year’s inductees!”
The newest group of inductees will receive the 71st and 72nd stars. Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.
Alabama, which includes cousins Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen, from Fort Payne, Ala., has sold 73 million albums and charted 43 No. 1 singles, including a record 21 No. 1 singles in a row. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They released a new studio album, Southern Drawl, in 2015 and will kick off the North American leg of their Southern Drawl tour later this month.
Sam Moore is best known as the tenor voice of the GRAMMY® winning soul duo Sam & Dave of Memphis-based Stax/Atlantic Records. The duo’s hits included “Hold On! I’m Coming,” “I Thank You,” and the iconic “Soul Man.” They sold more than 10 million records worldwide. Moore has also collaborated with country music artists, including Conway Twitty on “Rainy Night in Georgia” in 1994.
The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.
The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and is produced with the support of founding sponsor Gibson Brands and sponsors the City of Nashville and Metro Parks and Recreation. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee. For more information about the Music City Walk of Fame, go to visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.
The band Alabama hails from Fort Payne, Ala., and includes cousins Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry and Randy Owen. They left the cotton farms of their hometown, spent the summer playing in a Myrtle Beach, S.C. bar, and in 1980 broke through with their first top 20 hit “My Home’s In Alabama.” They are credited with helping bring country music to the mainstream, infusing a Southern rock sound into their music. They have charted 43 No. 1 singles, including a record 21 No. 1 singles in a row. They have won over 178 CMA Awards, GRAMMY® Awards and ACM Awards. They’ve earned 21 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum albums and were named the RIAA’s Country Group of the Century. They are members of the Country Music Hall of Fame and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. They are also world-class philanthropists who have raised more than $250 million for charity.
About Sam Moore
The legendary Sam Moore was the unmistakable tenor of the GRAMMY-winning Memphis-based Stax/Atlantic Records soul and R&B duo Sam & Dave. The duo at that time sold more than 10 million records worldwide and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. Their hits included “Hold On! I'm Coming,” “I Thank You,” “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby,” “Soul Sister” and the iconic “Soul Man.” Moore has also earned critical acclaim and numerous awards as a solo artist for more than 35 years. He was inducted into the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and Rolling Stone named him one of the “Top 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” Moore has also collaborated with country music artists, including Conway Twitty on “Rainy Night in Georgia” in 1994, earning them CMA and ACM nominations. More recently, he lent his voice to a tribute to his friend George Jones in “Jesus and Jones.” He is an active advocate for broadcast performance rights.
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