Solomon Burke
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March 21, 1940 (age 70)

Solomon Vincent McDonald Burke (born James Solomon McDonald, March 21, 1936 or 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American preacher and singer who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s. He has been called "a key transitional figure bridging R&B and soul", and was known for his "prodigious output".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 honorifically as "King Solomon", the "King of Rock 'n' Soul", "Bishop of Soul", and the "Muhammad Ali of soul". Due to his minimal chart success in comparison to other soul music greats such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and Otis Redding, Burke has been described as the genre's "most unfairly overlooked singer" of its golden age. Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler 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 Annual Grammy Awards in 2003. By 2005 Burke was credited with selling 17 million albums. Rolling Stone ranked Burke as No. 89 on its 2008 list of "100 Greatest Singers of All Time".

Solomon Burke
Solomon Burke performing on April 19, 2008
Background information
Birth nameJames Solomon McDonald
Also known asSolomon Vincent McDonald Burke
Born(1936-03-21)March 21, 1936[1] or
(1940-03-21)March 21, 1940[2]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died(2010-10-10)October 10, 2010 (aged 70 or 74)
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands
  • Preacher
  • singer
  • Vocals
  • guitar
Years active1955–2010
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Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke's About


R&B singer who sang "Got to Get You Off My Mind," "Down in the Valley," and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love."

Solomon Burke Family life


He was influenced by his mother, Josephine, a nurse, pastor-schoolteacher, and musician.


Solomon Burke Before Fame


With his family running their own church, he became a gospel preacher and a host of a gospel radio show by the age of twelve.

Solomon Burke Trivia


He played for Pop John Paul II and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.


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He influenced a generation of future soul singers, including Isaac Hayes and Barry White.

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Facts About Solomon Burke


● Solomon Burke was born on March 21, 1940 (age 70) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
● He is a celebrity singer
● His successful albums are Don't Give Up on Me (2002), Dirty Dancing (1987), Make Do With What You Got (2005), Live At Montreux 2006 (2013) and And All the Pieces Matter (2008)
● His popular songs are Cry to MeRock 'n' Soul · 1964, Everybody Needs Somebody to LoveSoul Alive! · 1990 and Gotta Get You Off My MindSoul Alive! · 1990
● He died on October 10, 2010, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands
● He had 3 children Solomon Vincent Burke, Jr., Gemini Burke
● His spouse is Frances Sunday (m. 1970–2010), Doris P. Williams (m. 1958–1958)

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