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Tag: Solomon Burke

Thursday, April 22nd

basement jukebox

Two minutes of heaven?

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



random sights

yesterday, Chicago (alley)

Wednesday, April 3rd

basement jukebox

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




reading table

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







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

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


Wednesday, October 29th

basement jukebox

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



art beat

Robert Frank (1924-)



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”


“None Of Us Are Free”


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


“Don’t Give Up On Me,” live



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.)


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.”


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.


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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