Mary J. Blige
The King of Rock ‘n’ Soul.
Solomon Burke sang country-influenced soul in a booming voice that resonated in the depths of your soul. Burke’s voice is gritty, ardent—the voice of a man who has lived and seen it all.
Mary J. Blige Inducts Solomon BurkeMary J. Blige Inducts Solomon Burke at the 2001 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Hall of Fame Essay
Solomon Burke is one of the transcendent figures of Twentieth-Century American culture.
A child prodigy as a gospel singer, Burke was nicknamed “the Wonder Boy Preacher,” and by the time he was twelve, he had founded his own ministry, Solomon’s Temple, in his hometown of Philadelphia.
After signing with Atlantic in 1960, he became a key player in the birth of soul music, recording such hits as “Just Out of Reach (of My Two Open Arms),” “Cry to Me,” “If You Need Me” and “Got to Get You Off My Mind.”
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