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 preacher and 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 836,921 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Solomon Burke is the 322nd most popular singer (up from 337th in 2019), the 2,067th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,976th in 2019) and the 106th most popular American Singer.

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Among singers, Solomon Burke ranks 322 out of 3,541Before him are Anne-Marie David, Atahualpa Yupanqui, Justin Bieber, Tim Staffell, Busta Rhymes, and Barry Manilow. After him are Sarah Brightman, Tarja Turunen, Ricky Nelson, Giuditta Pasta, Jon Anderson, and Shi Pei Pu.

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Among people born in 1936, Solomon Burke ranks 114Before him are Dyanne Thorne, Ghassan Kanafani, Nicos Poulantzas, Tuncel Kurtiz, Abdul Qadeer Khan, and Leonel Sánchez. After him are James Mirrlees, Jannis Kounellis, Koji Sasaki, Aleida March, A. B. Yehoshua, and Charles Dutoit. Among people deceased in 2010, Solomon Burke ranks 69Before him are Wolfgang Wagner, Alexander McQueen, Israel Tal, Maurice Wilkes, Johan Ferrier, and Antony Flew. After him are James Black, Charlie Wilson, Cécile Aubry, Andor Lilienthal, Irvin Kershner, and Satoshi Kon.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Solomon Burke ranks 2,067 out of 15,968Before him are Wes Montgomery (1923), Barry Manilow (1943), Angela Bassett (1958), Robert Hansen (1939), Henry Bergman (1868), and The Undertaker (1965). After him are Donald Glover (1983), R. L. Stine (1943), Tommie Smith (1944), Frank Borzage (1894), Sojourner Truth (1797), and Abigail Adams (1744).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, Solomon Burke ranks 106Before him are Mahalia Jackson (1911), Justin Timberlake (1981), Perry Como (1912), Ariana Grande (1993), Busta Rhymes (1972), and Barry Manilow (1943). After him are Ricky Nelson (1940), Michael Bolton (1953), Stevie Nicks (1948), George Strait (1952), R. Kelly (1967), and Neil Sedaka (1939).