Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Blues Singer Solomon Burke Not Singing The Blues At All

LOS ANGELES (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Blues singer Solomon Burke turns 65 next month and he’s happy he’s not retiring. As he puts it, “My best friend, Ben E. King, has a golf tournament but I don’t even have a golf club.”

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 hasn’t had the chart success of soul- singing peers like Ray Charles or Wilson Pickett, he considers that a blessing because even though he’s almost old enough to get social security, he feels he’s “still climbing, still reaching” and, most importantly, he “isn’t standing still.”

Burke admits he couldn’t 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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