Singer Solomon Burke Takes Final Taxi

I have been going to the new Railroad Park here in Birmingham. It is a beautiful place and has a lot going for it. They are showing movies in the park every Thursday, so a few weeks ago I caught a film I had not seen in years. It was “The Blues Brothers” (1980) which stared John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd. It was great to see it on the park’s 40 foot screen. The music in the film echoed throughout the park bringing blues music back to that section of Birmingham.

One song from the movie that stands out in my mind is when The Blues Brothers perform at the Palace Hotel Ballroom and sing “Everybody Needs Somebody (To Love) ” during that song the crowd goes wild.

That song was written and first recorded by Solomon Burke in 1964. The song peaked at #58 on the US charts that year. On the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time it ranked at#429.

Solomon Burke took his Final Taxi this week at the age of 70.

If you were a fan of the 1987 movie “Dirty Dancing” you may also know Burke’s ballad “Cry to Me” from 1962. It is used during the memorable scene where a bare-chested Patrick Swayze slow dances with Jennifer Grey.

In 2001 Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in2002, he won a best contemporary blues album Grammy for his CD “Don’tGive Up on Me.”

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