Solomon Burke


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Musician, Vocalist, Songwriter

Solomon Burke’s amazing career in music included a number of important landmarks! His early recordings, which combined gospel and the blues, have become important and influential material for generations of soul singers. Known as the King of Rock and Soul as well as the Bishop of Soul, his shows often included new artists, including the soon-to-be legendary Otis Redding and Joe Tex. Solomon also helped to establish the category of “soul” at Atlantic Records. He won countless honors including two WC Handy Blues Awards, a Grammy, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. King Solomon’s powerful vocals and charming personality encouraged many to become music makers the world over.