David Porter

Genres: R&B / Soul
Tags: soul stax 60s rhythm and blues singer-songwriter Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1990s
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21 November 1941, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Although better recalled for his partnership with Isaac Hayes, Porter had been an active, if unsuccessful, performer prior to their meeting, recording for several labels including Savoy Records and Hi Records. The singer was also present on several early Stax Records sessions. Porter first encountered his future colleague when he tried to sell Hayes life insurance, but the pair soon combined in one of the 60s soul era’s most electric songwriting teams. Rightly applauded for their songs for Sam And Dave, including ‘Hold On I’m Comin’’, ‘Soul Man’ and ‘When Something Is Wrong With My Baby’, the duo also provided hits for Carla Thomas (‘B-A-B-Y’) and Johnnie Taylor (‘I Had A Dream’). Their friendship was strained when Hayes secured an international bestseller with his Hot Buttered Soul. Porter then relaunched his solo career and in 1970 had a Top 30 US R&B...

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