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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American recording artist and vocalist, who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s and a "key transitional figure in the development of soul music from rhythm and blues" (Irwin Stambler 1974). He had a string of hits including "Cry to Me", "If You Need Me", "Got to Get You Off My Mind", "Down in the Valley" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love". Burke was referred to as "King Solomon", the "King of Rock 'n' Soul", "Bishop of Soul" and the "Muhammad Ali of soul". Due to Burke's minimal chart success in comparison to other soul music greats such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, Burke is often described as the genre's "most unfairly overlooked singer" of its golden age. Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler once referred to Burke as "the greatest male soul singer of all time". Burke's most famous recordings, which spanned five years in the early 1960s, bridged the gap between mainstream R&B and grittier R&B. Burke was "a singer whose smooth, powerful articulation and mingling of sacred and profane themes helped define soul music in the early 1960s." He drew from his roots - gospel, jazz, country and blues - as well as developing his own style at a time when R&B, and rock were both still in their infancy. Described as both "Rabelaisian" and also as a "spiritual enigma," "perhaps more than any other artist, the ample figure of Solomon Burke symbolized the ways that spirituality and commerce, ecstasy and entertainment, sex and salvation, individualism and brotherhood, could blend in the world of 1960s soul music." During the 55 years that he performed professionally, Burke released 38 studio albums on at least 17 record labels and had 35 singles that charted in the US, including 26 singles that made the Billboard R&B charts. In 2001, Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a performer. His album Don't Give Up on Me won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 45th Grammy Awards in 2003. By 2005 Burke was credited with selling 17 million albums. Rolling Stone ranked Burke as #89 on its 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time."


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Born:
Mar 21, 1940 In Philadelphia, PA
Movie/TV Credits:
10
First Appeared:
In the movie The Big Easy 1986-11-27
Latest Project:
Movie Passion Play 2010-09-10
Known For
Poster of Solomon Burke & Friends: Live in Nashville
Poster of Time of Fear
Poster of The Little Death
Poster of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Filmography
Movie Passion Play Himself 2010-09-10
Movie Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing, Live Lui même 2007-03-06
Movie Solomon Burke & Friends: Live in Nashville Himself 2007-09-17
Movie Lightning in a Bottle 2004-02-12
Movie Solomon Burke - Live At North Sea Jazz Vocals 2003-04-08
Movie Time of Fear Bishop Bonds 2002-01-01
Movie The Little Death Bandleader 1996-01-01
Series Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself 1993-09-13
Series The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Himself 1992-05-25
Movie The Big Easy Daddy Mention 1986-11-27