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Solomon Burke

1936 - 2010

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Solomon Vincent McDonald Burke (born James Solomon McDonald, March 21, 1936 or 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". Burke was referred to honorifically as "King Solomon", the "King of Rock 'n' Soul", "Bishop of Soul", and the "Muhammad Ali of soul". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Solomon Burke has received more than 993,618 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Solomon Burke is the 290th most popular singer (up from 321st in 2019), the 1,856th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,066th in 2019) and the 92nd most popular American Singer.

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Among singers, Solomon Burke ranks 290 out of 3,528Before him are Bülent Ersoy, Rita Pavone, Viktor Tsoi, Eartha Kitt, Bill Withers, and Wolf Biermann. After him are Glenn Hughes, Albert Hammond, Gene Vincent, Dusty Hill, Tarkan, and Vicky Leandros.

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Among people born in 1936, Solomon Burke ranks 95Before him are Alan Alda, Raymond Poulidor, Nino Castelnuovo, Wilfried Martens, Hideki Shirakawa, and Wolf Biermann. After him are Lee "Scratch" Perry, Christine Nöstlinger, Christiane Martel, Didier Ratsiraka, James Mirrlees, and Nicos Poulantzas. Among people deceased in 2010, Solomon Burke ranks 60Before him are Bent Larsen, Martin Gardner, Hwang Jang-yop, Antony Flew, James Black, and Israel Tal. After him are Milka Planinc, Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, Archduke Rudolf of Austria, Patricia Neal, André Kolingba, and Wolfgang Wagner.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Solomon Burke ranks 1,856 out of 18,182Before him are Eartha Kitt (1927), Bill Withers (1938), Edward James Olmos (1947), Philip José Farmer (1918), Kalākaua (1836), and Ry Cooder (1947). After him are Jeremy Rifkin (1945), Vic Morrow (1929), Richard Smalley (1943), Henry Heimlich (1920), Clark L. Hull (1884), and Michael Biehn (1956).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Solomon Burke ranks 92Before him are Axl Rose (1962), Sammy Davis Jr. (1925), Stevie Nicks (1948), R. Kelly (1967), Eartha Kitt (1927), and Bill Withers (1938). After him are Gene Vincent (1935), Dusty Hill (1949), George Strait (1952), DJ Khaled (1975), Carole King (1942), and Busta Rhymes (1972).