Records can sometimes be a little like cats in that they can have multiple lives. I guess that makes them a little supernatural as well. Solomon Burke (who is featured on the poster for tonight's edition of Sugar Town) could also be a bit like a cat in that he was slick, smooth, and sexy in his youth. That's why it's not surprising that one of his records would come back around again to completely dazzle and entrance an entirely new generation of listeners who hadn't the first clue who Solomon Burke was.
Lets face it, Dirty Dancing introduced Solomon Burke's version of "Cry to Me" to a whole new generation of soul fans thus resuscitating this mostly forgotten landmark soul recording and burning it into the consciousness of the American mainstream culture for decades to come. A better promotional video for a record has never been made.
It was first recorded on this day 53 years ago. Prior to this Solomon was best known for his country hit "Just Out of Reach of My Two Empty Arms", and well on his way to following in the footsteps of Ivory Joe Hunter, but this session would be seminal in defining Solomon's signature style as well as lay a very important brick in the foundation of 1960s soul.
No matter how many soul records I hear, I still find the collaborations of Solomon and producer Bert Berns to be the most electrically charged and exciting music I've ever heard. It's the essence of life captured in those teeny tiny grooves. How did they do that?!
If I ever were to forget why I fell in love with this music in the first place, all I would have to do is listen to this record for the reminder. Like a jolt from defibrillator, it charges up my senses and brings to life all of the excitement of hearing it for the first time. How great is a record that sounds brand new with every single listen?
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I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!