Honor "Soul Man" Dave Prater today with a Tweet or Facebook post
Today, May 9, 2016, would have been Dave Prater’s 79th birthday.
Those of you who loved the music he made with the Sam and Dave band please join us in honoring his memory.
Let’s send some social media love. Please post the following on Twitter or Facebook:
"Happy Birthday, #DavePrater from #Your City. http://bit.ly/1qNnJW9"
Put your home city in for “Your City” so that we know how far and wide the love for this man stretches. Be sure to put hashtag (#) DavePrater in your post.
We will randomly select a winner from the posts to receive a 2016 Prater Music Fest t-shirt. The winner will be contacted via his or her Facebook or Twitter account.
We want this to go viral, so please share it with your friends throughout social media.
This week Prater's hometown city of Ocilla, Ga., is honoring his memory with three days of events May 12-14, 2016. It's the second year of a celebration they hope to expand over the years into a regional music staple that draws thousands for dancing and music.
More About Dave:
Dave Prater was born May 9, 1937, in Ocilla, Ga., a rural south Central Georgia community located about three hours south of Atlanta.
He was the eighth of 11 children born to farmers Dave and Mary Prater. This week Ocilla residents and visitors will honor this local talent with a dinner, street festival and community worship service.
Prater and Sam Moore gained the most fame from their 1967 smash hit “Soul Man.” It earned them the Grammy Award for Best R&B Group Performance, Vocal or Instrumental, in 1968. Nominated in the same category were Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell for “Aint No Mountain High Enough” and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles for “I Second that Emotion.”
Tragically, Dave Prater died not far from his boyhood home in April 1988 after the car he was driving veered off the road on a sharp curve and careened into a tree. He was on his way from Atlanta to visit his mother, Mary Prater, in Ocilla.
See his full bio here: Dave Prater, the man, the music.
For the 2016 Prater Fest events schedule, go to: Prater Music Festival Events.