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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke

(1940 – 2010)

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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke
(1940 – 2010)

In memory of

Solomon Burke

(1940 – 2010)
About Solomon
This is a tribute to Solomon Burke. Solomon Burke was an American Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. During the half-century that he performed, he drew from his roots: gospel, soul, and blues, as well as developing his own style in a time when R&B, and rock were still in their infancy. Burke was considered a pioneer and was a member of the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Solomon Burke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began his adult life as a preacher in Philadelphia, and soon moved on to hosting a gospel radio show. He met fellow preacher Martin Luther King, Jr. several times.
In the 1960s, he signed with Atlantic Records and began moving towards more secular music. His first hit
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was "Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two 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, Solomon 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", which was a hit twice first in the 60's and again in the 1980s- used in the dance and seduction scene in the film Dirty Dancing. It hit again off of that popular film's soundtrack.
In 1964 he wrote and recorded "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love", Solomon Burke's most prominent bid for an enduring soul standard. Almost immediately covered
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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 The Blues Brothers.
Solomon Burke 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.
Solomon Burke was also an undertaker and had a mortuary business in Los Angeles. He was trained as a mortician early in his life and had worked in his uncle's funeral parlor.
He was inducted into the Rock and
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Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Solomon Burke passed away on 10 October 2010. This is a memorial dedicated to his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 29th Oct 2010
Alberta Cannady
wrote:
You will be truly missed.. I will miss talking with you on facebook, you were so loving towards your fans and we appreciate all that you stood for, family, love for music and just a lovable person. You are now with the rest of the legends that have gone on before enlarging the heavenly choir.... God bless you and your family that still remain... Peace!!!
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Solomon Burke

This is a tribute to Solomon Burke. Solomon Burke was an American Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. During the half-century that he performed, he drew from his roots: gospel, soul, and blues, as well as developing his own style in a time when R&B, and rock were still in their infancy. Burke was considered a pioneer and was a member of the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Solomon Burke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He began his adult life as a preacher in Philadelphia, and soon moved on to hosting a gospel radio show. He met fellow preacher Martin Luther King, Jr. several times.
In the 1960s, he signed with Atlantic Records and began moving towards more secular music. His first hit...

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