50 stiffs in 2010: solomon burke
October 20, 2010, 6:08 pm
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solomon burke, soul singer extraordinaire. born: philadelphia (1940 – 2010)

solomon burke is best known here at pictomat as the writer and original singer of the soul classic “everybody needs somebody to love”. his hit was covered in the late 1960’s by another pictomat favorite, the wicked wilson pickett, and also by the early rolling stones. mick once said that burke’s phrasing had a pronounced impact on his own voice.

burke was more than a tad on the overtly extravagant side in his physical appearance. he wore a crown based, he said, “on henry the fifth’s”, and various, and too numerous velvet robes. pictomat does hold him dear to our hearts because when speaking he always referred to himself using the royal “we”. but let’s not forget his voice. in two words: rough, yet sublime.


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wow, a crown? and a robe? and the royal we? i’ll bet he is dear to your heart!

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