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Episode #238 – Solomon Burke, The Early Years: 1955-60

Air Week: November 24-30, 2014

Early Solomon BurkeSolomon Burke, The Early Years: 1955-60

This week we solute Solomon Burke, the “King of Rock n’ Soul” and the “Juke In The Back” is loaded with his very first recordings from 1955 to 1960.  As a teenager in Philadelphia, Burke was recording for Apollo Records in NYC, but none of his nine Apollo singles charted.  He then cut two singles for the Singular Label before his fortunes turned around and he began recording with Atlantic Records.  You won’t hear anything that will blow you mind from Burke’s early recordings, but they all have a quality that would stick with him for the rest of his career.  Hear how the “Bishop Of Soul” evolved into the giant he became on this week’s “Juke In The Back.”

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