The older generation of musicians and singers earned a much higher standard of excellence for lifetime acclaim. Timeless songs that touched your soul. Though these Stars are aging and passing on, it is good that some of their music is being sampled in today's market. As a child when my parents played Solomon Burke's records, we children would dance with joy and have a good time. Everyone would scream his name that's Solomon Burke! Happiness for all!
I agree. I remember having his 45s. I met Solomon Burke when I was young; once during a talent search in L.A. when I was 13, and again when I was 16 at the office where I worked part time while in high school. He just walked in the office to see my boss (in the L.A. Valley?!). I was floored, but then again my boss was known as "Fast Eddie" so who knows.
It is very sad to hear of the passing of such a talented icon Solomon Burke ...so many greats have gone to that jam session in the heavens above.I remember because it was the music my mother and father played that filled our home with joy,good times,memories of laughter and togetherness...his music filled every corner of the house while Mom was preparing dinner,Dad was talking of his youth remembering when he met Solomon and my Mother for the first time...it is moments like these that live... in the hearts of so many you have touch...parting is such sorrow but your genius lives on.I find comfort thinking that my Mother and Father will have front row seats at this Heavenly show. R.I.P. Mom,Dad, Burke and all the Greats that have gone too soon.
I once interviewd Solomon Burke at "The Beverly Hills Hotel", in LA for the Black Gospel Network. In this interview he chronicoled his transition from Gospel artist to Blues man and back to croonng the spirituals.
At the time I was a twenty-something and did not know how influentual Mr. Burke contribution(s) in the pantheon of Africa-American Music in the America's. To this day Solomon Burke(taught me that we are multi-dimensional across genres) along with CoCo Taylor(taught me the difference between Jazz and the Blues). Albertina Walker passing begs the question..Who will sing at Aretha's funeral? Are we losing our icons at a inordinate, rapid rate?
Rest in Peace Solomon....
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We begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.
That older generation had set standards that they not only performed but lived and that not what we see now. What I heard growing up was music that expressed what folks felt and wanted to be. What I hear now is a lot of how to have sex or kill and music is missing.