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Solomon Burke (born March 21, 1940) is an American soul and country music pioneer and member of the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Image File history File linksMetadata Solomon_Burke. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Solomon_Burke. ... is the 80th day of the year (81st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display the full 1940 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. ... For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...



Burke was born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began his adult life as a preacher in Philadelphia, and soon moved on to hosting a gospel radio show. In the 1960s, he signed with Atlantic Records and began moving towards more secular music. His first hit was "Just Out Of Reach Of My Open Arms", a cover of a country song. Though well-received by both peers and critics, and attaining a few moderate pop and several major R&B hits, Burke never could quite break through into the mainstream as did Sam Cooke or Otis Redding, who covered Burke's "Down in the Valley" for 1965's Otis Blue. His best known song is "Cry to Me", used in the dance and seduction scene in the film, Dirty Dancing. For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Preacher is a term the for someone who preaches sermons or gives homilies. ... For other uses, see Gospel (disambiguation). ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... A sound recording, usually in the form of a single or album, that sells a large number of copies or otherwise becomes broadly popular or well-known, through airplay, club play, or inclusion in a soundtrack. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... This article is about the musical composition. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... R&B redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Otis Ray Redding, Jr. ... Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul is the third album from Otis Redding and is considered by many critics to be Reddings first great album. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Dirty Dancing is a 1987 romance film credited as being one of the most watched films of all time, particularly among women. ...

In 1964 he wrote and recorded "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," Burke's most prominent bid for an enduring soul standard. Almost immediately covered by The Rolling Stones the same year, other well-known versions include one by Wilson Pickett and another, a decade and a half later, in the 1980 film by The Blues Brothers. A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... “Sound recorder” redirects here. ... Everybody Needs Somebody to Love is a song recorded by Solomon Burke. ... The term pop standards refers to an American songwriting, arranging, and singing style that is widely considered as the high point of Western vocal popular music. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Wilson Pickett (March 18, 1941 – January 19, 2006) was an American R&B/Rock and Roll and soul singer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...

Burke has enjoyed a special relationship with the Catholic Church throughout his life and in 2000, he and his family were invited to perform at the Jubilee of the Family at the Vatican. Since then, he has been invited back to the Vatican by both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI for Vatican's Christmas celebration. The name Catholic Church can mean a visible organization that refers to itself as Catholic, or the invisible Christian Church, viz. ... Pope John Paul II (Latin: , Italian: , Polish: ) born   IPA: ; 18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005) reigned as the 264th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and Sovereign of the State of the Vatican City from 16 October 1978, until his death, almost 27 years later, making his the second-longest... Papal Arms of Pope Benedict XVI. The papal tiara was replaced with a bishops mitre, and pallium of the Pope was added beneath the coat of arms. ...

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset. ...

His career was to some degree revived in 2002, with the release of Don't Give Up On Me on Fat Possum Records and produced by Joe Henry,[1] where he sang songs written specifically for the album by various top-rank artists, including Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello and Tom Waits. Don't Give Up On Me won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. Dont Give Up On Me is an album featuring Solomon Burke, released 2002 on Fat Possum. ... Fat Possum Records is a record label operating out of Oxford, Mississippi. ... Joe Henry is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and record producer. ... An album or record album is a collection of related audio or music tracks distributed to the public. ... For the popular-music magazine, see Musician (magazine). ... This article is about the recording artist. ... For other persons named Brian Wilson, see Brian Wilson (disambiguation). ... George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born August 31, 1945) is a Grammy Award-winning Irish singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist, who has been a professional musician since the late 1950s. ... Elvis Costello (born Declan Patrick McManus August 25, 1954) is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Dont Give Up On Me is an album featuring Solomon Burke, released 2002 on Fat Possum. ...

In 1987, he appeared in the movie The Big Easy (film) as Daddy Mention and he is featured in the 2004 movie Lightning in a Bottle, singing "Turn on Your Love Light" and "Down in the Valley". Also in 2004, Solomon appeared on Junkie XL's album, Radio JXL: A Broadcast From the Computer Hell Cabin, performing "Catch Up To My Step". Also in 2004 he was featured on the song "I Pray On Christmas" from the Blind Boys Of Alabama album Go Tell It On The Mountain, which won a Grammy for Best Traditional Gospel Album. In 2004, Burke also recorded a duet with the Italian soul singer Zucchero. The two artists performed Zucchero's hit "Diavolo in me" (Devil in Me), on the Italian's duet album Zu & Co. Burke was also a guest at a London show in May 2004 in which Zucchero presented the album. This performance is included on Zucchero's DVD Zu & Co. - Live at the Royal Albert Hall. This article is about motion pictures. ... The Big Easy is a neo-noir film directed by Jim McBride and executive produced by Mort Engelberg. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Junkie XL (also JXL) is musician Tom Holkenborg, born in Lichtenvoorde, The Netherlands on 8 December 1967. ... The Blind Boys of Alabama are a gospel music group from Alabama that first formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939. ... Go Tell It on the Mountain is a Grammy Award winning Christmas album by The Blind Boys of Alabama, released in 2003. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... The duet, by Hendrik ter Brugghen A duet is a musical composition or piece for two performers, most often used for a vocal or piano duet. ... Languages Italian, Sicilian, Neapolitan, Corsican, Sardinian, Emiliano-Romagnolo, Ligurian, Lombard, Piedmontese, Venetian, Ladin, Friulian Religions predominantly Roman Catholic      The Italians are a Southern European ethnic group found primarily in Italy and in a wide-ranging diaspora throughout Western Europe, the Americas and Australia. ... Adelmo Fornaciari (born September 25, 1955), more commonly known by his stage name Zucchero, is an Italian rock singer. ... ZU & Co. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...

In 2005, he appeared as a special guest with Jools Holland on his autumn tour of the United Kingdom, including two sell-out shows at London's Royal Albert Hall. Julian Miles Holland, OBE, DL (born 24 January 1958 in Blackheath, South East London) is an English virtuoso pianist, bandleader, television presenter, architectural eccentric and pop music enthusiast. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Albert Hall redirects here. ...

In September 2006, Burke returned to his country roots with the release of a 14-track country album titled Nashville, produced by Buddy Miller. It included guest vocals from Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch and Patty Loveless. In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Buddy Miller is a country singer, songwriter, recording artist and producer, currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Emmylou Harris (born April 2, 1947, Birmingham, Alabama) is a country, folk, alternative rock, and alternative country musician. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, author, actress and philanthropist. ... Patty Griffin, born March 16, 1964, is an American singer-songwriter from Old Town, Maine, United States, next to the Penobscot Indian reservation. ... Gillian Welch Gillian Welch (born October 2, 1967 in New York City) is a singer-songwriter whose musical style combines elements of bluegrass, neotraditional country, Americana, old time string band music and folk into a rustic style that she dubs American Primitive. All of her recordings feature the close-harmonies... Patty Loveless signing a shirt Patty Loveless (born Patricia Lee Ramey on January 4, 1957 in Pikeville, Kentucky) is an American country music singer. ...

Solomon was joined by a host of top country stars and backed by Buddy Miller and his Band at the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee on September 25, 2006 for a one-off concert to celebrate the release of Nashville. The concert was filmed by HDNet and was released on DVD in Europe on September 17, 2007. Buddy Miller is a country singer, songwriter, recording artist and producer, currently living in Nashville, Tennessee. ... Nashville redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state of Tennessee. ... HDNet is a general interest television channel in the United States, broadcasting exclusively in high-definition format, and available via cable and satellite television. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...

On September 28, 2006, Burke was among the several rock, soul, and country legends that sang along with Jerry Lee Lewis at the live concert "Last Man Standing" at the Sony Music Studio in New York. The two duets were "Who Will the Next Fool Be" and "Today I Started Lovin' You Again". Jerry Lee Lewis (born September 29, 1935), also known by the nickname The Killer, is an American rock and roll and country music singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...

In February 2007, Burke performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and later on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The Tonight Show performance was accompanied by The Tonight Show Band members and bandleader Kevin Eubanks on lead guitar. On Late Night he performed with Buddy Miller "That's How I Got To Memphis", from Burke's album Nashville. May 26, 2006 opening monologue of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is an Emmy Award-winning American late-night talk show hosted by comedian Jay Leno on NBC. It premiered on May 25, 1992, succeeding The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. ... Late Night with Conan OBrien is an Emmy Award-winning American late-night talk show on NBC. The second incarnation of NBCs Late Night franchise, OBriens debuted in 1993 after previous host David Letterman moved to CBS to host the Late Show opposite The Tonight Show. ... Kevin Eubanks on guitar. ...

As of October 2007, Burke was the father of twenty-one children (fourteen daughters and seven sons), 88 grandchildren.[1] Several of his children and grandchildren have had successful careers in various facets of the music industry, though none are as renowned as their patriarch. One of his grandsons, Novel, will release his first studio album in October 2008[citation needed]. For other uses, see Child (disambiguation). ... An expecting couple with their daughter A daughter is a female offspring; a girl, woman, or female animal in relation to her parents. ... For other uses, see Son (disambiguation). ... The music industry is the business of music. ...

As one of the early artists at Atlantic Records, in 2007 Burke honored Ahmet Ertegün, the co-founder of Atlantic Records and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Burke co-hosted the March 2007 celebration of Ertegun's life's work at Lincoln Center in New York, participated in the American Master's documentary Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built, and in December 2007, Burke performed at the private after-party for the Led Zeppelin reunion concert at The O2 in Greenwich, London, along with Ben E. King, Percy Sledge and Sam Moore. Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... Ahmet Ertegün (July 31, 1923 – December 14, 2006) was the Turkish-American co-founder and executive of Atlantic Records, described as one of the most significant figures in the modern recording industry [1] . He also co-founded the New York Cosmos soccer team of the North American Soccer League. ... Documentary film is a broad category of cinematic expression united by the intent to remain factual or non-fictional. ... For the bands 1969 eponymous debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... The O2 , with the Canary Wharf complex in the background, seen from the River Thames. ... This article is about Greenwich in England. ... Ben E. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina) became a famous soul singer of the early 60s. ... Percy Sledge Percy Sledge (born November 25, 1941 in Leighton, Alabama) is a US-American R&B and soul performer. ... Sam Moore (born Samuel David Moore, 12 October 1935, Miami, Florida) is an American Southern Soul and Rhythm & Blues (R&B) singer who was the primary lead vocal for the soul vocal duo Sam & Dave from 1961 through 1981. ...

In January, 2008, Solomon went back to the recording studio to record with the producer/drummer Steve Jordan. The album titled "Like A Fire" has songs written specifically for Burke by Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, Jesse Harris, Keb' Mo', Meegan Voss and Steve Jordan and was released on June 10, 2008. ==Individual Studio== A recording studio is a facility for sound recording. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... For the comic book character, see Drummer (comics). ... Jordan on the cover of his instructional program DVD. Steve Jordan is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and music producer from New York City. ... Benjamin Chase Ben Harper (born October 28, 1969) is an American musician. ... Eric Patrick Clapton, CBE[2] (born 30 March 1945) [3], nicknamed Slowhand, is a Grammy Award-winning English rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer. ... Jesse Harris is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Jordan on the cover of his instructional program DVD. Steve Jordan is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and music producer from New York City. ...

Solomon performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival on June 15, 2008, and this year for the first time, he will be performing at England's Glastonbury Festival on June 29, 2008. The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a four-day annual music festival, created and produced by Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment, first held in 2002. ... The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts, commonly abbreviated to Glastonbury or Glasto, is the largest[1] greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world. ...


  • Solomon Burke - 1962 (Kenwood)
  • Rock 'n' Soul - 1964 (Atlantic)
  • The Rest of Solomon Burke - 1965 (Atlantic)
  • I Wish I Knew - 1968 (Atlantic)
  • King Solomon - 1968 (Sequel)
  • Proud Mary - 1969
  • King Heavy - 1972
  • Electronic Magnetism - 1972
  • I Have a Dream - 1974
  • Back to My Roots - 1975
  • Music to Make Love By - 1975
  • Sidewalks, Fences & Walls - 1979
  • Lord We Need a Miracle - 1979
  • Get up and Do Something - 1979
  • King of Rock 'n' Soul - 1981
  • Take Me, Shake Me [live] - 1983
  • Soul Alive! - 1984
  • A Change Is Gonna Come - 1986
  • Love Trap - 1987
  • Into My Life You Came - 1990
  • This Is His - 1990
  • Homeland - 1990
  • Soul of the Blues - 1993
  • Live at House of Blues - 1994
  • Definition of Soul - 1997
  • We Need a Miracle' - 1998
  • Not by Water But Fire This Time - 1999
  • Soulman - 2002
  • Don't Give Up on Me - 2002
  • The Incredible Solomon Burke at His Best - 2002
  • The Apollo Album - 2003
  • Make Do With What You Got - 2005
  • Nashville - 2006
  • Like A Fire - 2008

Dont Give Up On Me is an album featuring Solomon Burke, released 2002 on Fat Possum. ...


  1. ^ a b Schneider, Jason (October 2007). Soul Survivors: How Classic Rhythm and Blues Has Become Vital Once Again. Exclaim.ca. Retrieved on 2007-09-26.

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External links

  • thekingsolomonburke.com
  • Make Do With What You Got TracksMusic Review
  • Make Do With What You Got The Music Box Review
  • http://www.geocities.com/shakin_stacks/solomonburke.txt
  • Fabchannel.com - Free video stream of Solomon Burke's Soul Service
  • Fabchannel.com - Free video stream of a Solomon Burke concert at Paradiso, Amsterdam
  • Solomon Burke photos at the Gospel Festival Chicago IL, 2005
  • Solomon Burke biography - at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Solomon Burke page at AllMusic.com

  Results from FactBites:
King Solomon, Singer Solomon Burke Making A Comeback In The Music World - CBS News (1760 words)
By age 12, Burke was known as the "wonder boy preacher" with his own weekly radio show in Philadelphia, where he grew up.
Solomon was the king and in his heyday, he dressed up in a gold sequined suit.
Burke, what else can I do for you?’ And Solomon said, ‘How much are these apiece?’ He said, ‘Well, for you, it's six dollars,’” recalls Wexler.
Solomon Burke (244 words)
Burke, the King of Rock & Soul, the Bishop, is a big man with an even bigger talent, a revered vocalist whose mastery is unmatched by any other proponent of the style he largely originated.
Burke embodies deep soul, with a forty plus year career that's produced a series of records consistently profound in emotional, artistic and spiritual gravity.
As Peter Guralnick noted, Burke has served far too long as "The King In Exile"; despite a towering reputation among peers and fans alike, and his 2001 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the singer remains somewhat of a mystifyingly under-appreciated figure.
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