Country group Alabama and soul singer Sam Moore will be the latest artists to receive stars on the Music City Walk of Fame. The induction ceremony for the 71st and 72nd stars will take place May 26 at 1 p.m. at Walk of Fame Park in Nashville.
“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 Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006, to recognize inductees 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, Alabama, has sold 73 million albums and charted 43 No. 1 singles, including 21 consecutive No. 1 singles. 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 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.
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