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Solomon Burke


1940

Solomon Burke is born in Philadelphia. He is the oldest of seven children.

1955

Solomon Burke releases his first recording, “Christmas Presents” b/w “When I’m All Alone” - on Apollo Records.

1961

Solomon Burke’s second single for Atlantic Records, the country-flavored “Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms),” becomes his first to make the charts. It reaches #7 on the R&B chart and #24 on the pop chart.

1962

Solomon Burke hits #5 on the R&B chart with “Cry To Me”.

1963

Solomon Burke’s biggest hit to date - “If You Need Me,” written by Wilson Pickett - competes with Pickett’s own version for chart supremacy. Burke wins, as his version hits #2 on the R&B chart and remains there for five weeks.

1964

Solomon Burke hits #33 with “Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)”.

1965

“Got to Get You Off of My Mind,” written by Solomon Burke about the late Sam Cooke - in whose company he’d been shortly before Cooke was shot to death under mysterious circumstances - is released. It becomes Burke’s biggest hit, topping the R&B chart and hitting #22 on the pop chart.

1968

“I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free)” enters the R&B chart, where it will peak at #32. It is Solomon Burke’s last solo hit for Atlantic.

1968

Soul stars Solomon Burke, Arthur Conley, Don Covay, Ben E. King and Joe Tex release the single “Soul Meeting” under the collective rubric The Soul Clan. It is a major moment but a minor hit, peaking at #34 on the R&B chart and missing the pop Top Forty entirely.

2001

Solomon Burke is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the sixteenth annual induction dinner. Mary J. Blige is his presenter.

2010

Solomon Burke dies in Amsterdam.

Solomon Burke