Solomon Burke

1936 - 2010

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Solomon Vincent McDonald Burke (born James Solomon McDonald, March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American singer who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s. He has been called "a key transitional figure bridging R&B and soul", and was known for his "prodigious output". 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". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Solomon Burke has received more than 1,265,388 page views. His biography is available in 38 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 37 in 2019). Solomon Burke is the 350th most popular singer (down from 289th in 2019), the 2,024th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,855th in 2019) and the 110th most popular American Singer.

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  • 3.79

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Among singers, Solomon Burke ranks 350 out of 4,381Before him are Galina Vishnevskaya, Omara Portuondo, Liz Mitchell, Eartha Kitt, Nina Matviienko, and Rubén Blades. After him are Pinetop Perkins, Kemal Monteno, Susan Boyle, Dusty Springfield, Jon Anderson, and Salomé.

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Among people born in 1936, Solomon Burke ranks 118Before him are James Mirrlees, Jim Henson, Jacques Mesrine, Frances Shand Kydd, Raimonds Pauls, and Julio María Sanguinetti. After him are A. S. Byatt, Amr Moussa, Claude Brasseur, Jannis Kounellis, Yuan T. Lee, and Georgina Spelvin. Among people deceased in 2010, Solomon Burke ranks 69Before him are Bent Larsen, Luis Corvalán, Ariel Ramírez, Princess Regina of Saxe-Meiningen, Archduke Rudolf of Austria, and Satoshi Kon. After him are Martin Gardner, Iskandar of Johor, Fess Parker, Malcolm McLaren, Günter Behnisch, and Alexander McQueen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Solomon Burke ranks 2,024 out of 20,380Before him are Bob Saget (1956), Jessica Alba (1981), Woody Guthrie (1912), Suzanne Somers (1946), Arthur Kennedy (1914), and Katharine Ross (1940). After him are Gabe Newell (1962), Elijah Muhammad (1897), Teri Hatcher (1964), Ira Levin (1929), Pinetop Perkins (1913), and Martin Gardner (1914).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Solomon Burke ranks 110Before him are Eric Adams (1952), Christina Aguilera (1980), Joe Lynn Turner (1951), Gene Vincent (1935), Billy Preston (1946), and Eartha Kitt (1927). After him are Pinetop Perkins (1913), Linda Ronstadt (1946), Toby Keith (1961), Steve Perry (1949), Ricky Nelson (1940), and Bill Withers (1938).