Solomon Burke Best Quotes

Solomon Burke (March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010) was an American recording artist and vocalist, who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s and a “key transitional figure in the development of soul music from rhythm and blues. He had a string of hits including “Cry to Me”, “If You Need Me”, “Got to Get You Off My Mind”, “Down in the Valley” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love”. Burke was referred to as “King Solomon”, the “King of Rock ‘n’ Soul”, “Bishop of Soul” and the “Muhammad Ali of soul”. Due to his minimal chart success in comparison to other soul music greats such as James Brown, Wilson Pickett and Otis Redding, Burke has been described as the genre’s “most unfairly overlooked singer” of its golden age. Atlantic Records executive Jerry Wexler referred to Burke as “the greatest male soul singer of all time”. Enjoy Solomon Burke’s best quotes below.

Solomon Burke
“The secret was to just be cool, stay in God’s graces, and work it out.”
“You gotta do it with class and integrity. If not, you’re gonna drag yourself through the mud.”
“I didn’t do the marching down the streets, jumping in front of the lines and holding hands… that wasn’t me.”
“I didn’t need to borrow money from the record company, because if I had my own publishing company, and I had my own writers, I’d have enough to get and do whatever I wanted to do.”
“We had some problems – my children were kidnapped during that time, and it just changed my whole way of thinking, from being in show business and everything else.”
“We were using the record as a tool to invest money into real estate all through the South, because we were living in an era where the South was changing.”
“As you grow older, you learn to understand life a little better.”
“I should have my own publishing companies.”
“I walked out of the Chinese restaurant with a fat check, a record deal, and a box of shrimp egg foo yung!”
“I want to be a soul singer.”
“Sometimes its controversy, but we all have our choices that we make.”
“I was signed to MGM. I was in Vegas for sixteen weeks at the Sands Hotel.”
“Apollo Records signed me for my gospel ability.”
“Leonard Chess passed, and that was the end of the Chess label for that time.”
“That was my choice at that time, and I still say Nixon was a great president. A very beautiful and wise man.”
“I didn’t need to depend on the record company to publish my records.”
“I don’t need to make a fortune, I need to survive.”
“I’m still amazed people remembered and didn’t give up on me.”
“The deals that were made for Black artists at that time were not the deals that were made for white artists.”
“But we didn’t have the financial structure, like the right attorneys, the right managers, the right accountants, and we were going against the grain of what black entertainers is supposed to do.”
“If we could buy these properties and then invest in the Black community, with our own McDonald’s, with our own Kentucky Fried Chickens, it was gonna be a great move.”
“My manager was Buddy Glee, who put me together with Mike Curb, and was basically the idea to bring some soul to the label and bring something different to the label besides the Hank Williams situation.”
“We were grooving, at that point, in the same direction, but remember, Roy Hamilton and myself were going into a path and a direction that had no programming.”

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