Ocilla celebrates native son Dave Prater

Ocilla celebrates native son Dave Prater

OCILLA, GA (WALB) - The city of Ocilla is hosting the 4th Annual Dave Prater celebration on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  This event will honor the contributions of Dave Prater, the legendary R&B singer who was half of the duo 'Sam and Dave.'

"Not many small towns have a celebrity that grew up in their town to go on to become part of the dynamic duo 'Sam & Dave' that gained their popularity in the 60's, 70's & 80's," said Cathy Stott President of the Ocilla-Irwin Chamber of Commerce.

The festivities will be kicked off with Wednesday, May 9th at &7:30 p.m. at Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church where Dave grew up singing as a young boy.

Thursday evening, the winner of the Dave Prater Scholarship will be announced at the Irwin County High School Cafeteria.  The week culminates with the Downtown Street Dance on Friday, May 11, 2018.

Prater, born in Ocilla in 1937, formed a duo with partner Sam Moore at the King of Hearts Club in Miami in 1961, and together they were 'Sam & Dave.'

Sam & Dave were super hot between 1966 and 1968, with hits like "Hold On! I'm Coming", "You Got Me Hummin", "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby, "Soul Man", and "I Thank You".

They faded from fame for years, but got a resurgence in 1980 when their signature song, "Soul Man" was redone by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the blockbuster hit film 'The Blues Brothers.'

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio inducted Sam & Dave in 1993 and the Memphis Music Hall of Fame inducted them in October 2015.

Prater was killed in a car wreck in Sycamore, about five miles from his hometown, on April 9, 1988.

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