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Solomon Burke

Induction category: Performer

Biography

A larger-than-life rhythm & blues singer, Solomon Burke was one of the mainstays of Atlantic Records’ “soul clan” of the Sixties. He was proclaimed the “King of Rock and Soul” in 1964 and has also been anointed “the Bishop of Soul.” No less an authority than Jerry Wexler, the legendary Atlantic Records producer, has proclaimed, “The best soul singer of all time is Solomon Burke.” Burke’s versatile, force-of-nature voice combines gospel fervor, country gentility and R&B grit. He can swing from a satiny croon to gruff soul shout to a deep, caressing baritone. From 1961 to 1968, Burke released 32 memorable ...

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