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Solomon Burke

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While Solomon Burke hardly ever made a significant influence upon the pop market — he hardly ever, actually, had a high 20 hit — he was a significant early spirit pioneer. On his ’60s singles for Atlantic, he brought a nation impact into R&B, with psychological phrasing and intricately built, melodic ballads and midtempo music. At exactly the same time, he was encircled with advanced “uptown” agreements and was given a lot of his materials by his companies, especially Bert Berns. The mix of gospel, pop, nation, and creation polish was simple to the formula of early spirit. While Burke wasn’t the only person pursuing this route, few others did in order effectively. And he, like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, was a significant impact upon the Rolling Rocks, who protected Burke’s “Cry if you ask me” and “Everybody Requirements Somebody to Like” on the early albums. Burke arrived by his gospel origins a lot more deeply than most spirit celebrities. He was preaching at his family’s Philadelphia chapel and hosting his personal gospel radio display actually before he’d reached his teenagers. He began documenting gospel and R&B edges for Apollo within the middle- to past due ’50s. Like many former gospel performers (Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett), he was shaped into a even more secular path when he agreed upon with Atlantic within the ’60s. Burke acquired an abundance of high-charting R&B strikes in the first fifty percent of the ’60s, which crossed to the pop entries in a light fashion aswell. “Simply Out of Reach,” “Cry if you ask me,” “IF YOU WANT Me,” “Surely got to ENABLE YOU TO GET Off My Mind,” “Tonight’s the night time,” and “Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)” had been the most effective of the, although, unlike Franklin or Pickett, he wasn’t in a position to broaden his R&B bottom into a large pop following aswell. He still left Atlantic in the past due ’60s and spent another 10 years hopping between several labels, obtaining his biggest strike using a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Very pleased Mary” in 1969, and documenting an record in the past due ’70s with cult soulster Swamp Dogg as manufacturer. In the ’80s with the initial decade of the brand new millennium, Burke became perhaps one of the most noticeable living exponents of common spirit music, carrying on to tour and record albums within a rootsy, sometimes gospel-ish design. Although we were holding critically well-received, their stylistic purity also made certain that their marketplace was primarily limited to origins music enthusiasts, rather than pop viewers. His live and later on recorded work, nevertheless, is a popular of those who wish to encounter a spirit legend along with his skills and stylistic purity fairly undamaged. Burke’s 2002 launch Don’t Give up Me was hailed as a significant return for the famous spirit guy. Great songwriters like Elvis Costello, Dan Penn, Nick Lowe, and Tom Waits added tracks, and Joe Henry created the album, which includes been in comparison to Johnny Cash’s landmark American Recordings. Following the essential achievement of Don’t Give up Me reaffirmed Burke’s position among the biggest living exponents of traditional spirit, the vocalist teamed up with maker Don Was for PUT UP with What YOU HAVE, an updated variant on his traditional style that premiered in springtime 2005. A yr later on, Burke released a fascinating nation and spirit cross, Nashville, on Shout! Manufacturing plant. A second recording around the label, Just like a Open fire, adopted in 2008. Burke following reunited with maker Willie Mitchell for Nothing at all’s Impossible, that was released soon after Mitchell’s loss of life this year 2010 by Koch Information’ E1 Music. In Oct of 2009, Burke teamed up with Dutch Spirit music group De Dijk for saving sessions that could become his last album: Hang on Tight. Unfortunately, Burke passed away on Oct 10, 2010 upon introduction at Schiphol Airport terminal in Amsterdam, HOLLAND where the spirit legend was planned to perform in a sold-out display in the city’s Paradiso concert hall with De Dijk. Hang on Tight was ultimately released in March 2011.

Quick Facts


Full Name Solomon Burke
Died October 10, 2010, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Netherlands
Height 1.85 m
Profession Actor, Singer, Preacher, Film Score Composer
Nationality American
Spouse Frances Sunday, Doris P. Williams
Children Melanie Burke McCall, Carolyn Burke, Eleanor Alma Burke, Lillian Burke, Melvia Burke, King Solomon Haile Selassie Burke, David Burke, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Burke, Elijah Mohammed Burke, Queen Elizabeth Burke-Maynard, James Burke, Queen Sunday Victoria Burke, Gemini Burke, Valerie Doris Gresham Burke, Solomon Vincent Burke, Jr.
Parents Josephine Moore
Siblings Elec Edward Burke, Vladimir H. Burke, Mario Burke, Jolester R. M. Burke, Laurena Burke-Corbin, Daniel S. Burke
Awards Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album, Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Groups The Soul Clan
Music Songs Cry to Me, If You Need Me, Down in the Valley, None Of Us Are Free, Just Out of Reach, Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Gotta Get You Off My Mind, Let Me Wrap My Arms Around You, Home in Your Heart, Fast Train, Can't Nobody Love You, Don't Give Up On Me, You're Good for Me, Diamond in Your Mind, I'm Hanging Up My Heart for You, Keep a Light in the Window, Goodbye Baby, Up to the Mountain, Hold on Tight, I Can't Stop Loving You, He'll Have to Go, I Almost Lost My Mind, Be Bop Grandma, What Am I Living For, Valley of Tears, A Change Is Gonna Come, Atta Way to Go, Go on Back to Him, A Minute to Rest and a Second to Pray, Flesh and Blood, Presents For Christmas, This Little Ring
Albums Don't Give Up on Me, Rock 'n' Soul, Hold on Tight, Live At Montreux 2006, Last Great Concert, Cool Breeze, At His Best!, Rock, soul and gospel, The Soul of Solomon Burke, King Solomon, Solomon Burke, If You Need Me (Original Album Plus Bonus Tracks 1963), Like Christmas Angels, Soul Legend, The Apollo Masters, Into My Life You Came, Proud Mary (With Bonus Tracks), Solomon Burke's Greatest Hits, The Very Best of Solomon Burke, The Best of Solomon Burke, Blue And Soulful, Very Best Of (Digipak), Soul Legend: Solomon Burke, The Chess Collection, Soul Lucky, Can't Nobody Love You, It Don't Get No Better Than This: Essential Recordings, Those Happy Days At Home, Man At His Leisure, Leave My Kitten Alone, I'm Not Afraid, Words, Rhino Hi-Five: Solomon Burke, The Legendary Hits, The Essential, Best Of Solomon Burke, Top 40 Classics - The Very Best of Solomon Burke, To Thee, Listen My Shuffle, Lets Have A Drink, The Deluxe Edition, The Anthology, The Mega Collection, No Man Walks Alone, Wonderful Soundtrack, Weaselly, Spring Caper, King Solomon '62, For You and You Alone, You Don't Send Me Anymore, Easily Stop Time
Movies Time of Fear, The Little Death, The Big Easy, Cool Breeze, Hammer, Solomon Burke: Everybody Needs Somebody, Solomon Burke: The King Live at Avo Session Basel, A Stack of Soul


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#Fact
1 Died on a plane at Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) after arriving from Los Angeles to perform on 12 October.
2 Passed away while waiting to catch a flight at Schipol Airport in the Netherlands.
3 Recorded the song "Tommorrow is Forever" with Dolly Parton for his 2006 CD, "Nashville". Parton was the composer of the song. Other duet partners on the project included Emmylou Harris, Patty Loveless, Nancy Griffith, and Gillian Welch
4 Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Forever 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
'71 2014 performer: "CRY TO ME"
La Marató 2013 2013 TV Movie writer: "Pots set tu"
Tu cara me suena 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Divorce 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Dancing with the Stars 2012 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Frontline 2012 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman TV Series writer - 5 episodes, 2011 performer - 1 episode, 2005
Dancing Stars 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2011 TV Special writer: "Everybody Needs to Love Somebody"
The Interrupters 2011 Documentary performer: "Don't Give Up On Me"
Lie to Me 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
RED 2010 performer: "Home in Your Heart"
Passion Play 2010 "Orphan in This World" / performer: "Orphan in This World"
The Wire TV Series performer - 3 episodes, 2004 - 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2006
It Takes Two 2007 TV Series lyrics - 1 episode
Lo cap d'any 2006 TV Special writer: "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"
House M.D. 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Coach Carter 2005 performer: "I Changed My Mind"
The O.C. 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Everyday People 2004 performer: "None Of Us Are Free"
Idol 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Prey for Rock & Roll 2003 performer: "Don't Give Up On Me"
The United States of Leland 2003 performer: "Diamond in Your Mind"
Crossing Jordan 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Unbreakable 2000 performer: "Just Out of Reach Of My Two Open Arms" 1951
Pitkä kuuma kesä 1999 lyrics: "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"
All I Wanna Do 1998 performer: "Lookin' for My Baby" / writer: "Lookin' for My Baby"
2 Days in the Valley 1996 writer: "Down In the Valley"
Dead Presidents 1995 writer: "Down In The Valley"
L'âge des possibles 1995 writer: "Everybody Needs Someone To Love"
Genesis: Live at Wembley Stadium 1988 Video "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" / writer: "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"
Dirty Dancing 1987 performer: "Cry to Me"
Light of Day 1987 performer: "You're Good for Me"
Meatballs III: Summer Job 1986 writer: "Down In The Alley"
Genesis: The Mama Tour 1984 Video documentary "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" / writer: "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"
The Blues Brothers 1980 writer: "EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE" - uncredited
Cool Breeze 1972 performer: "Cool Breeze", "The Bus" / writer: "Cool Breeze", "The Bus"
The Go!! Show 1966 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Shindig! 1965 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Outlander 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. 2015 performer: "Cry To Me"
Tu cara me suena - Argentina 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Time of Fear 2002 Bishop Bonds (as Dr. Solomon Burke)
The Little Death 1996 Bandleader
Body & Soul 1988 Short Body
The Big Easy 1986 Daddy Mention

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Treme Musical Performances: Got to Get You Off My Mind 2011 Video short
Hammer 1972
Cool Breeze 1972

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
19th Annual Trumpet Awards 2011 TV Special in memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bang! The Bert Berns Story 2016 Documentary Himself
Hou me vast - De Dijk 2011 Documentary Himself / singer
Kosmos Festival 2011 TV Movie Himself
Passion Play 2010 Himself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: I'll Take You There 2009 Video Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2003-2008 TV Series Himself
Solomon Burke & Friends: Live in Nashville 2007 TV Movie Himself
Great Performances 2007 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1993-2007 TV Series Himself / Himself - Musical Guest
Soul Britannia 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2005 TV Series Himself
Derailroaded 2005 Documentary Himself
Late Show with David Letterman 2002-2005 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Zu & Co Live at Royal Albert Hall 2004 Video Himself
2004 Jammys: The Theatre at Madison Square Garden 2004 TV Mini-Series Himself
Lightning in a Bottle 2004 Documentary Himself
God Only Knows: Vocal Harmony - The Voice 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
60 Minutes 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Musician (segment "King Solomon")
Soul Comes Home 2003 TV Special Himself
24th Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Performer
BingoLotto 2002 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Themselves - Musical Guest
Først & sist 2002 TV Series Himself
Say It Loud: A Celebration of Black Music in America 2001 TV Mini-Series documentary
The History of Rock 'n' Roll 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
The Atlantic Records Story 1994 TV Special Himself
Arena 1985 TV Series documentary Himself
The Joey Bishop Show 1969 TV Series Himself
Discs a Go-Go 1965 TV Series Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1965 TV Series Himself
Ready, Steady, Go! 1965 TV Series Himself
Gadzooks! It's All Happening 1965 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Soul Power! 2013 TV Series documentary Himself, musician
B.B. King: The Life of Riley 2012 Documentary Himself
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2011 TV Special Himself - In Memoriam
BingoLotto 2002 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Country Collaboration with Vocals · Dolly Parton


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