Singer Solomon Burke
birth name: James Solomon McDonald

Solomon Burke

March 21, 1940, Philadelphia, PA ~ October 10, 2010, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The beautiful voice, apparently effortless style, and pristine diction and timing of the preacher turned singer-songwriter were legendary in the business. He was described by Jerry Wexler, his producer at Atlantic Records, as “the best soul singer of all time.” ~ The Guardian: Solomon Burke Obituary ~ October 10, 2013 © The Guardian

In an interview with The Telegraph, Burke said: “As long as I have breath to do it, I'll sing, with God's help.” ~ BBC: Solomon Burke Obituary ~ October 10, 2010 © BBC News

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Burke enjoyed a string of hit singles in the 1960s and was - along with Sam Cooke and Otis Redding - considered one of the pioneers of modern soul, an outgrowth of gospel and early rock 'n' roll. “Lots of people have copped his mannerisms,” remarked Philadelphia Inquirer music writer Tom Moon, referring to Burke's memorable vocal style, “but none has yet caught the compassion, the immersion, the sense that behind the song stood a real person who was aching inside.” ~ Musicianguide: Solomon Burke ~ retrieved October 8, 2013 © Musicianguide

Solomon Burke ~ Ranked #89 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008

Solomon Burke ~ Everybody Needs Somebody To Love ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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