Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Thank You Solomon Burke

Sunday 10/10/10 the world lost one of the founding fathers of soul music:  Solomon Burke passed away Sunday in the Netherlands at the age of 70.  Born in Philadelphia he chose the church and gospel as a career path....rubbing elbows on occasion with Dr. Martin Luther King.  The late sixties saw Burke signing with Atlantic Records to pursue a more secular path.  He composed and recorded many songs now considered "standards" one of which was made famous in "The Blues Brothers":  "Someone to Love ".  Burke remained active right up until his death recording and performing....one particular effort  released in 2006, was a collaboration with Buddy Miller and others including Dolly Parton, Emmylou  Harris  and Patty Griffin that represented a return to country roots, called "Nashville".  This was a very impressive array of songs and personnel that exposed Mr. Burke to a whole new audience.  He will be missed by all.  Enjoy "Cry to Me"