Saturday, April 29, 2017

Solomon Burke – Midnight And You (ABC-Dunhill Records)

Although not as successful in the charts as many of his contemporaries like Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding or James Brown, Philadelphia, PA-born Solomon Burke has nevertheless left an indelible imprint, while shaping the sound of Rhythm And Blues as one of the fathers of Soul Music. Atlantic Records exec Jerry Wexler who got him signed on his label from 1960 until 1968 referred to him as “the greatest male Soul singer of all time.”
We catch him back in 1974 soon after he left MGM for ABC-Dunhill Records where he would make a brief appearence with only one album – ‘I Have A Dream’ – featuring the classic Thom Bell produced ‘Midnight And You’ (along with lyricist Linda Creed) as an answer to The Love Unlimited Orchestra‘s version released a few weeks earlier as a part of their Rhapsody in White’ album.
Burke struggled with his health for many years, with his weight estimated somewhere between 300 and 400 pounds in 2006. In the later years of his life, weight and arthritis limited his mobility and confined him to a wheelchair.
On Oct. 10, 2010, he died at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport while on a plane from Washington Dulles Airport that had just landed. He was due to perform in Amsterdam two days later. Although there hasn’t been autopsy after his passing, it is believed that he died of a pulmonary embolism as suggested by doctors at Reston Hospital who’d urged him not to travel. He was 70…

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