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Big Philly Style: King Of Rock 'N' Soul Solomon Burke Returns To The City Of His Coronation

Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore City Paper, 2 March 2005

BY EARLY 1964, the 24-year-old Solomon Burke had already been a bishop in his grandmother's church for 17 years but he wanted to be king. He came to Baltimore for a week-long run at the Royal Theater, the city's venerable stop on the chitlin' circuit. Also on the bill, Burke says, were the Drifters (less than a year after 'On Broadway'), the Marvelettes (best known for Motown's first-ever No. 1 pop single, 'Please Mr. Postman'), Freddie Scott (who'd had a hit the year before with 'Hey Girl'), comedian Moms Mabley, and an unknown girl group.

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