What Burke does have is a new album, Make Do With What You Got, which features songs written especially for him by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Van Morrison, among others.
Burke describes the recording session as a party and says some of the tunes originally lasted 25 minutes or more because everyone was having fun.
Although Burke hasnt had the chart success of soul- singing peers like Ray Charles or Wilson Pickett, he considers that a blessing because even though hes almost old enough to get social security, he feels hes still climbing, still reaching and, most importantly, he isnt standing still.
Burke admits he couldnt retire even if he wanted because he has 21 kids, 75 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren and says he needs to show them that nothing comes freely.
Make Do With What You Got hits stores March 1 and Burke will sing songs from it on Feb. 28 on The Late Show With David Letterman.
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