Saturday, October 16, 2010

Remembering Solomon Burke, King Of Rock And Soul

Solomon Burke, crowned the King of Rock and Soul by a radio D.J. in 1964, passed away last Sunday at 70. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Burke's powerful vocal style drew upon gospel, country and rhythm and blues. Burke was covered by many influential artists, including Otis Redding, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler called him "the best soul singer of all time." Burke is shown above performing his 1962 hit "Cry to Me" at the Vitoria Jazz Festival in Spain. To sample more of Burke's music, visit his web site.


Michael The Molar Maven said...

Solomon Burke is a lesser known giant of rhythm and blues. He could hold his own with the likes of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke and Wilson Pickett, just to name a few. His later albums included duets with some of today's major artists, more a tribute to him than to them. Either way, they were mutual admiration projects, and well worth your time. One of the best covers of a Burke song was "Got to Get You Off of My Mind" as done by Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on their very first album.

Jeff Tone said...

Thanks for the info from the d.j. of St. James Infirmary:

Burke certainly was one of the soul giants. Strange that he was lesser known.