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Soul Singer Joins Country Supergroup Alabama As Newest Names On Nashville’s Walk Of Fame

The Music City Walk of Fame added two more artists today: country band Alabama and southern soul and R&B singer Sam Moore.

Moore, the voice behind the 1967 classic “Soul Man,” is one of the first non-country singers honored with this award. Moore believes that soul has a place within Music City. In fact he says that the influences of soul bands can be found in modern-day country tracks.  

"If you listen to some of the country now you'll hear a lot of Stax, Atlantic [Records] up under there — a little taste of Al Green, Sam & Dave, Otis Redding. You'll hear a tinge of that," Moore said.

Grammy Award-winning Alabama was presented with the honor next. Band member Teddy Gentry explained his high school connection to Sam Moore’s music.

“The first high school band I played with — Sam, by the way — we did half of your stuff. It was a little slow band before I cut my teeth on playing bass. And later on I was fortunate to join with these two guys,” Gentry said.

Moore and Alabama were added as the 71st and 72nd stars on the walkway, alongside artists like Dolly Parton, Kid Rock, and most recently, Loretta Lynn and Jack White.

Inductees are honored with permanent plaques in a downtown Nashville park. 

Sam Moore reacts to the reveal of his plaque.
Anna Butrico / WPLN
Sam Moore reacts to the reveal of his plaque.

Copyright 2016 WPLN News

Anna Butrico is an intern at Nashville Public Radio during summer 2016.