Soul singer who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the popular vocal duo Sam & Dave along with Sam Moore. He and Moore were responsible for numerous soul classics, including "Hold On! I'm Comin'" and "Soul Man," and were widely considered one of the best live acts of their era.
He got his start singing gospel in his local church choir and performed with his older brother J.T. in the group The Sensational Hummingbirds.
His song "Soul Man" was included on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
He had five children with Annie Belle Henderson, to whom he has married from 1962 to 1969. He was later married to Judith T. Gilbert from 1974 until his death in 1988.
Many of his biggest hits were co-written and produced by Isaac Hayes.