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Thursday, April 22nd

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Two minutes of heaven?

Solomon Burke (1940-2010), “Cry to Me” (Bert Berns [aka Bert Russell]), 1962

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random sights

yesterday, Chicago (alley)

Wednesday, April 3rd

basement jukebox

Solomon Burke (1940-2010), “Cry to Me” (Bert Russell AKA Bert Berns), 1962

 

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Looking back now, in the late autumn of life—or is it early winter?—I am convinced that art and the erotic are as closely entwined as a pair of lovers lying in each other’s arms.

—John Banville (1945-), Time Pieces: A Dublin Memoir

Sunday, November 9th

That gospel feeling is in all of this music.

—Solomon Burke

Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music, Episode 2: Sam Cooke, with Mavis Staples, Bobby Womack, Solomon Burke, Ben E. King, et al., BBC, 2005

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art beat: more from Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948), The Plough and the Song, 1946

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Wednesday, October 29th

basement jukebox

Solomon Burke (1940-2010), “Stupidity” (S. Burke), 1963


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Robert Frank (1924-)

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the beat goes on

Eighteen hundred posts—and counting.

Sunday, 12/25/11

Let’s go to church.

Solomon Burke, “Silent Night” (Savoy, 1982)

Monday, 10/11/10

Solomon Burke, March 21, 1940-October 10, 2010

Live (TV broadcast), England, 2003

“Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”

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“None Of Us Are Free”

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“Cry To Me,” live, Spain (Vitoria), 2004

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“Don’t Give Up On Me,” live

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The best soul singer of all time.

—Jerry Wexler, Solomon Burke’s producer at Atlantic Records (also produced Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, et al.)

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Every day I’m on the phone ministering to people. I’ve had so many people say to me, “What should I believe in?” I tell  ’em, “Just believe in what’s real and makes you feel good. Whatever moves you, go there.”

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Every day they had a service [at my grandmother’s House of Prayer for All People], and the music never stopped. There was always a band with two or three trombones, tambourines, cymbals, guitars, pianos. When I speak of music, I get choked up. It was a message to God, something you feel down to your bones and your soul and your heart.

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I’ve learned to forgive Jerry [Wexler] . . . I’m also waiting for my check.

—Solomon Burke (in Charles M. Young, “King Solomon’s Sweet Thunder,” Rolling Stone, 5/27/10)

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