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David Porter

David Porter is most famous as the songwriting partner of Isaac Hayes during the 1960s. Functioning as house composers for Stax, they penned most of Sam & Dave's hits, including such classics as "Soul Man" and "Hold On! I'm Coming"; they also wrote material for other acts on the roster, such as Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, and the Soul Children. Starting in the late '60s, Hayes became increasingly involved in his own recording career, eventually leading to the end of the partnership. Many soul fans remain unaware that Porter also began to record his own albums for Stax. In fact, in the '60s he had released a few singles for Savoy and Hi under the pseudonyms of Little David and Kenny Cain, and had done a single for Stax itself in 1965, "Can't See You When I Want To." A remake of "Can't See You When I Want To" became a Top 30 R&B hit for Porter, and he cut several albums for Stax in the early '70s, including an ambitious concept LP, Victim of the Joke?, which connected conventional pop/soul tunes with dialog. By this time he had teamed up with a different songwriting partner, Ronnie Williams, but as a solo artist he ultimately made little impact. In 2005, he and Hayes were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Gritty, Groovy, & Gettin' It (Deluxe Edition)

1. I Only Have Eyes For You

2. Guess Who

3. I'm A-Tellin' You

4. Just Be True

5. The Way You Do The Things You Do

6. Can't See You When I Want To

7. One Part - Two Parts

8. I Don't Know Why I Love You

9. Can't See You When I Want To (Alternate Take)

10. Win You Over

11. Don't Make No Nevermind

12. Check Your Checking Account

13. I Can't Tell No Difference (Alternate Take)

14. Can't See You When I Want To (WVON Radio Ad)

15. WVON Radio Jingle

16. House Of Wax Radio Jingle

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Track List: Into A Real Thing

1. Hang On Sloopy

2. Ooo-Wee Girl

3. Too Real To Live A Lie

4. Grocery Man

5. I Don't Wanna Cry

6. Thirty Days

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Track List: Gritty, Groovy And Gettin' It

1. I Only Have Eyes For You

2. Guess Who

3. I'm A-Tellin' You

4. Just Be True

5. The Way You Do The Things You Do

6. Can't See You When I Want To

7. One Part - Two Parts

8. I Don't Know Why I Love You

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Can't stop dancing.!!!
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Gritty, groovin and getting it. Probably the best of David Porter. Do yourself a favor and give it a listen!
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Have always been a devoted fan
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gloriawillia m s 1 9 5 5
grew up with them in OAKLAND CALI, Answer me this! Have you heard the songs GREAT DAY &PLANETS OF LIFE? Now thats ole school
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gloriawillia m s 1 9 5 5
listen to this album before it get scratched up literally ole skool plus musically educational for our genre great music lives forever with all people for many many eras

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