One of the things that I’ve been quietly bitter about for a long time now is the fact that the Wikipedia page for David Prater redirects to the page for Dave Prater from the soul duo Sam and Dave. Some time earlier this century I attempted to channel my misguided anger via a poem on the subject. You can decide for yourself whether or not I was successful.
sam & dave dealt out hits like ampersands that's s-a-m — & — hold on i'm coming! — d-a-v-e! — thank you so much for going all the way to #9 with that one thus becoming for me the personification of the stax sound thanx also to the dynamic duo songwriters hayes yes isaac & david porter — not prater sam moore not born october 12 1935 ocilla georgia — miami based sam & dave did not meet when dave got up on stage after that unsuccessful stint at a roulette table thus bringing the duo to the attention of stax via porter & hayes something is wrong with my baby that was porter for the most part it was 'a throw away kind of situation' interesting in that sam & dave p broke up in 1970 prater not signing to the stax label when in 1980 sam re cut soul man with lou reed dave was arrested following this attempt to sell out his life may have ended when his car hit the tree but his double hit the oldies circuit with sam & then along came soul man (#2, 1967) — that heady early morning hit-defining slam of sam & dave this must not be mentioned of course without crediting david prater born may 9 — 1937 at the king of hearts club — 1958 — he started singing with sam in front of the talent scouts one of whom signed them to the atlantic label under the agreement dave cut a flood of hits like when don't i look like i know what's going down with isaac hayes worked on the music there was no one else interested sam & dave anything did happen hayes was not ordered pursue a solo career in the end staying with the label sam & dave failed to recreate their success together their personal relationship after all had never reached #1 sam & dave did not part for good in 1987 (news of which hit the charts at #30) instead concentrating his energies on selling undercover officers crack cocaine david prater's body was found in that georgia sycamore after all april 9 1988 —