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A White House celebration Tuesday night of Memphis soul music is an affirmation of the decades of hard work that went into making it a classic American music sound, said some of the artists tapped to perform.
"I'm proud to do this," said Sam Moore, half of the Sam & Dave soul duo, known for the hit "Hold On, I'm Comin.'"
Moore said he was kicking off the concert in the East Room after an introduction by President Barack Obama. The 77-year-old said it's his first time meeting Obama and he joked about possibly wearing a diaper — just in case.
"You just hope you don't slosh in your shoe," he said in between rehearsals. Moore did not give away any details about his performance.
Artist William Bell said the concert reaffirms years of hard work that began in the early 1960s when Stax Records was created in Memphis, Tenn., and the label cranked out one soul and R&B hit after another for more than a decade.
Among its artists were Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Bell and Sam & Dave.The putrid flash-in-the-pan known as Justin Timberlake is also scheduled to attend Moochelle's soul gathering.
Meanwhile, as the celebrities and the politically connected can enter the Presidential residence that is funded by the taxpayers, it remains closed to the rest of us commoners, per the National Park Service website.