Bigger than life. That's the most accurate way to discribe the regally expansive "King of Rock 'n' Soul," Solomon Burke: On hits like "Just Out of Reach" and "Got to Get You Off My Mind," his magic-carpet voice fills the room with the sweet, uplifting sound of timeless soul. And, like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, Burke was an important influence on the young Rolling Stones, who covered his "Cry to Me" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" on their early albums.

The gospel-reared, Grammy-winning singer was one of the first soul artists to bring the plaintive sounds of country music into R&B. Solomon Burke is one of the most important figures in the history of soul music, and his records are essential to any collection.
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