Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke
1940 - 2010

Solomon Burke  American Actor


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Solomon Burke passed away on 10th Oct 2010 aged 70.


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American Actor Solomon Burke was born on 21st March, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and passed away on 10th Oct 2010 Amsterdam`s Schiphol Airport aged 70. He is most remembered for Cry to Me. His zodiac sign is Aries.

Solomon Burke is a member of the following lists: African-American country musicians, Singers from Pennsylvania and Apollo Records artists.


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First Name Solomon
Last Name Burke
Full Name at Birth Solomon Burke
Alternative Name The Bishop of Soul, The King of Rock and Soul, "The King of Rock 'N Soul", "The Bishop of Soul", "King Solomon", "The Wonder Boy preacher", "Lord Solomon"
Age 70 (age at death) years
Birthday 21st March, 1940
Birthplace Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died 10th October, 2010
Place of Death Amsterdam`s Schiphol Airport
Height 6' 1" (185 cm)
Build Large
Eye Color Brown - Dark
Hair Color Bald
Zodiac Sign Aries
Sexuality Straight
Religion Christian
Ethnicity Black
Nationality American
Occupation Text Preacher, singer
Occupation Actor
Claim to Fame Cry to Me
Music Genre (Text) Blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, soul, rock and roll, country
Music Genre Country, R&B
Year(s) Active 1955–2010
Music Style Soul, Country Soul, Southern Soul, Deep Soul, Early R&B
Music Mood Amiable/Good-Natured, Earthy, Cheerful, Exuberant, Joyous, Passionate, Hungry, Organic, Confident, Earnest, Sensual, Rousing, Romantic
Instrument Vocals
Instrument (text) Vocals, guitar
Record Label Apollo Records, Atlantic Records, Bell Records, MGM Records, ABC Dunhill Records, Chess Records, Savoy Records, Rounder Records, Fat Possum Records, ANTI-, Shout! Factory, E1 Music
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Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) 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".

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