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  • Record Store Day 2020: 18 Great Exclusive Releases From the September Drop

    From Fleetwood Mac to Curren$y, here are our favorite exclusives from the second RSD release date of 2020

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  • Flashback: Ed King Plays With Lynyrd Skynyrd for the Last Time

    Watch the guitarist play "Free Bird" with a reunited Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006

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  • The Time Aretha Shocked Solomon Burke Onstage

    Inside the surprise 2005 duet that author and musician Warren Zanes says may be "the deepest musical moment I've ever witnessed"

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  • Mick Jagger to Pay Tribute to Solomon Burke at the Grammys

    Jagger will make his first-ever live appearance at the Awards

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  • King Solomon’s Sweet Thunder

    One of the last great soul singers makes peace with his past

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  • Nothing’s Impossible

    Philly-born R&B singer-songwriter-undertaker Solomon Burke has been on a revival roll since 2002's Don't Give Up On Me. Nothing's Impossible marks his debut with late Memphis producer Willie Mitchell and the latter's final album — which would be just promo copy if the result wasn't so worthy of both men's legacies. Mitchell's arrangements recall his […]

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  • Like A Fire

    When Solomon Burke sings, you can hear his smiling eyes — he's having a laugh at hisdetractors. Over the past half-decade, the 68-year-old soul titan defiedthe odds, re-emerging from commercial oblivion with a string of albumsthat showcase his genius for ragged-voiced ballads, and for pureblarney. You can hear the latter on Like a Fire's title […]

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  • Nashville

    Compared to some of his fellow R&B giants, Solomon Burke doesn't bring depth of feeling to his music so much as an extraordinary ability to sell a song — remember, this is the same guy who used to sell bologna sandwiches to his bandmates on long bus rides. Wherever it comes from, his music is […]

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  • Make Do With What You Got

    Solomon Burke's 2002 album Don't Give Up on Me was a righteous resurrection of a great Atlantic Sixties soulman who never got his full due from a rock world he so heavily influenced. Make Do With What You Got proves that Burke — whom Van Morrison calls "shaman, showman, the teacher and preacher of soul […]

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  • Don’t Give Up On Me

    If you're a songwriter and one day the phone rings and somebody tells you soul giant Solomon Burke is recording again and looking for songs, you really have only one option: Get busy. Even if you're Brian Wilson, Elvis Costello or Tom Waits. Burke is the rare singer who makes songwriters sound wise beyond their […]

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