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Solomon Burke

The Price

Solomon Burke

The Price

The regal bearing of Philly-born soul singer Solomon Burke was so compelling that in 1964 he was coronated the 'King of Rock 'n' Soul' by Baltimore deejay Rockin' Robin. "He had a show at the Royal Theater and one at the Howard Theater. One week at the Royal, one week at the Howard," says Solomon. "He says, 'Listen, I want to crown you king!' I said, 'Okay,king of what?' He says, 'King of rock.' I said, 'Oh no, we gotta have soul in there, because I'm not a rocker.' He says, 'Okay, King of

Rock 'n' Soul! That'd be fine.'" Burke still wears a crown and sits on a throne onstage.

One of the gents responsible for Burke's early '60s hit streak on Atlantic was Bert Berns, whose writing imprimatur graced Twist And Shout, Hang On Sloopy, and Piece Of My Heart. "Bert Berns was a great friend of Jerry Wexler," says Burke. "Bert Berns was a young writer who came to New York, and nobody would do any of his songs. So Jerry Wexler like adopted him. He became like Jerry's adopted son. And he was just there in the studio. And Jerry says, 'Listen, you gotta do some of these songs!'" Berns authored Burke's 1962 hit Cry To Me, co-wrote his top '64 seller Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye), and shared credit with Wexler and Burke on the stomping Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, another of Solomon's 1964 highlights.

"I had to give them a piece of the writers' before they would accept it to even release the record," claims Burke. "They said, 'This song will never happen. It's too fast. It's redundant. It keeps saying the same thing. Nobody's going to buy this!'"

Not only did Solomon's fans buy that one, they went for his resplendent self-penned ballad The Price, a #57 pop seller. In full Wonder Boy Preacher mode during a sermon intro that finds him name-checking three recent hits, Burke passionately recounts how much his broken love affair has cost him in front of a knife-edged Ray Ellis arrangement (Berns himself was one of three guitarists on the date).

" It was written in the Apollo Theatre," says Solomon. "A lady almost fell out of the balcony there, just screamin' and hollerin' when I wrote that song on stage. I was going through some personal problems in my life with my wife at that time, and I just came on stage and had my band play certain chords. I played the guitar, and they followed me, and I wrote the song. It was very dynamic."

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- Bill Dahl -

Various - Sweet Soul Music

31 Scorching Classics From 1964

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You Can Run, But You Can't Hide (1953-64)
Solomon Burke: You Can Run, But You Can't Hide (1953-64) Art-Nr.: RB108

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-You Can Run But ... (1953-64) Mr.R&B
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King Solomon - 30 Golden Pieces (CD)
Solomon Burke: King Solomon - 30 Golden Pieces (CD) Art-Nr.: CD063062

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Hold On (CD)
Solomon Burke: Hold On (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSGP0416

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King Of Rock & Soul - The Ultimate Collection 1961-2010 (3-CD)
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(Rhino-Atlantic NL) 66 tracks - 8 panel digipac - 12 page booklet (dutch) - essential!
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You Can Run, But You Can't Hide (CD)
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(Mr. R&B) 21 tracks, original Apollo recordings from Burke's early career, 1955-59.
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I Wish I Knew (CD Japan)
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(Atlantic Japan) 10 tracks 1968 - originally sealed first Japan high quality issue - Stereo (Bear Family Records)
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If You Need Me (CD, Japan)
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(2012/Atlantic Japan) 12 Tracks - Japan CD reissue of the original 1963 Atlantic album!
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Special Soul Music Vol.9 (7inch, 45rpm, PS)
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(Probe Records) 2-Track Single - French pressing! 45 rpm, picture cover and large inner hole fitting for the jukebox! Small ringwear on cover.
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King Of Rock 'N' Roll Soul - The Atlantic Recordings 1962-1968 (3-CD)
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(SoulMusic Records) 79 tracks, digipack This 3-CD set from SoulMusic Records celebrates the recordings Solomon Burke made between 1960 and 1968 for the legendary Atlantic Records label. Solomon is widely regarded as one of the greatest...
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King Of Rock 'N' Soul (CD)
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The Collection (CD)
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(2001/Spectrum) 19 Tracks - 1970-1975!
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Nashville (CD)
Solomon Burke: Nashville (CD) Art-Nr.: CD129422

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(2006/Shout) 14 tracks This world would be a lot poorer without him. His live shows are memorable. With 'Don't Give Up On Me' he delivered one of the finest examples of contemorary soul ever recorded. And now this. Buddy Miller. Unless...
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Nothing's Impossible
Solomon Burke: Nothing's Impossible Art-Nr.: CD21452

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Produced by the late Willie Mitchell. Since forming Hi-Records he had been dreaming of recording Solomon Burke. Finally, in 2008, with a 35-year-delay his dream came true. But Mitchell died in January 2010 before the project was...
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Home In Your Heart - The Best Of (2-CD)
Solomon Burke: Home In Your Heart - The Best Of (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD70284

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(1992/RHINO) 41 tracks Atlantic 1962-66 with 22 page booklet
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Homeland (cut-out)
Solomon Burke: Homeland (cut-out) Art-Nr.: CD70558

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(1991 'Bizarre') (41:46/10) Ein hörenswertes Blues/Soulalbum / Great blues/soul album.
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The Platinum Collection (CD)
Solomon Burke: The Platinum Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CD799953

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(2007/WARNER) 22 tracks, Atlantic recordings 1960-68
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Don't Give Up On Me
Solomon Burke: Don't Give Up On Me Art-Nr.: CD803582

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(2002 'Fat Possum') (51:42/11) Dies ist schlichtweg eins der schönsten Alben der letzten Zeit! Der alte Soulsänger, kürzlich in die 'Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame' gewählt, in extrem sparsamer Umgebung. Dank geht an den Produzenten Joe Henry,...
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The Chess Collection (CD)
Solomon Burke: The Chess Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCHESS983229

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(2006/UNIVERSAL) 20 tracks (79:41) 1975/76. Digipac with 8p.booklet. misprint on label - bargain offer!/Sonderposten mit Druckfehler auf dem Label - Schnäppchen!
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If You Need Me - Rock´n´Soul (CD)
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CD on COLLECTABLE RECORDS by Solomon Burke - If You Need Me - Rock´n´Soul (CD)
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Last Great Concert (2-CD)
Solomon Burke: Last Great Concert (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDFREED5040

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Superb recordings from one of his last European concert tours. - Green packaging. SOLOMON BURKE - voc, RUDY COPELAND - B3, KEITH HOLLIS LADINSKI - kbds, SAM MAYFIELD - gtr, JACK WARGO - gtr, ALDEERT VAN WEELDEN - bass, MANDALE McGHEE -...
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Nothing's Impossible
Solomon Burke: Nothing's Impossible Art-Nr.: CDKOC2086

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Produced by the late Willie Mitchell. Since forming Hi-Records he had been dreaming of recording Solomon Burke. Finally, in 2008, with a 35-year-delay his dream came true. But Mitchell died in January 2010 before the project was...
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The Definitive Soul Collection (2-CD)
Solomon Burke: The Definitive Soul Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDRN77666

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(2007/RHINO) 30 original Atlantic masters 1961-1974
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Essential Recordings: It Don't Get No Better
Solomon Burke: Essential Recordings: It Don't Get No Better Art-Nr.: CDROU2204

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'Best Of' compilation from the catalog of the largest independant record company in the US.
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Proud Mary - The Bell Sessions (CD)
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(1969/79 'Bell Records') (49:54/17) Rec. in Alabama including a great version of the CCR song.
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Looking For A Sign
Solomon Burke: Looking For A Sign Art-Nr.: CDSHB58001

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(2009/Shambala) 22 tracks​ ( complete ABC & PRIDE 1972-74).
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