Solomon Burke — American Musician born on March 21, 1940, died on October 10, 2010

Solomon Burke was an American recording artist and vocalist, who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s and a "key transitional figure in the development of soul music from rhythm and blues. 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 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"... (wikipedia)

I didn't do the marching down the streets, jumping in front of the lines and holding hands... that wasn't me.
The secret was to just be cool, stay in God's graces, and work it out.
You gotta do it with class and integrity. If not, you're gonna drag yourself through the mud.
I didn't need to borrow money from the record company, because if I had my own publishing company, and I had my own writers, I'd have enough to get and do whatever I wanted to do.
We had some problems - my children were kidnapped during that time, and it just changed my whole way of thinking, from being in show business and everything else.

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