Monday, October 11, 2010

Just for Solomon

One of the best has taken the last train home.

Solomon Burke was 70 when he died of a heart attack this past weekend at an airport in Sweden.

Burke was never as widely known as his disciples, James Brown and Marvin Gaye, but he was one of the greatest soul singers of the ‘60s. Legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler called Burke, “the best soul singer of all time.”

According to his website, Burke was born March 21, 1940, “to the sounds of horns and bass drums” downstairs at the United Praying Band The House of God for All People in West Philly. As an adult, Burke served as a preacher for the church.

In 2000, he played for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in 2002 and won a Best Contemporary Blues Grammy in 2003 for his album, “Don’t Give Up On Me.”

Burke toured recently with The Rolling Stones and his song, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” is the basis of the escape scene in the Blues Brothers movie.

Burke had the ability, as any magical musician does, to vocalize and verbalize the heart’s feelings.

If you love, or have ever loved, anyone, go to YouTube.com and search “Just For You, Solomon Burke.” BeachmusicDJ has posted “Just For You.”

Thank you, Solomon.

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