500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Solomon Burke, 'Everybody Needs Somebody to Love'

Writers: Burke, Bert Berns, Jerry Wexler
Producer: Berns
Released: July '64, Atlantic
8 weeks; No. 58

Philadelphia-born Burke started preaching at the age of seven and often recorded his vocals from behind a pulpit. He attacks this song in the style of a fire-and-brimstone Southern preacher, calling out for a witness and testifying to the power of love. In the congregation: the Rolling Stones, who covered it in 1965.

Appears on: The Very Best of Solomon Burke (Rhino)

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