“Make do with what you got.” – Solomon Burke
inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001

 

At 68, Solomon Burke remains as Jerry Wexler, founder of Atlantic Records, once described him: “a piece of work: wily, highly intelligent, a salesman of epic proportions”. In the 1960s, Wexler recalled, he got into a debate with Philadelphia DJ Jimmy Bishop as to who was the greatest soul singer of all time.

“We talked about James Brown, and Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett. Then Jimmy said: ‘Solomon Burke. With a borrowed band.’ I agree on both counts.”
Excerpt from an amazing interview by Robert Chalmers

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