Film Screening: Solomon Burke: Everybody Needs Somebody to Love (2007), with remarks by Peter Guralnick
Solomon Burke was known as the King of Rock ’n’ Soul. Influenced by Ivory Joe Hunter, Sam Cooke, and Brother Joe May, he served as an inspiration to Otis Redding, Joe Tex, and a host of others in the creation of southern soul. But his first national hit came not with a soul song but with his version of a little-known country number, “Just out of Reach.” He proudly sang country songs all his life, presenting songs by artists like Bobby Bare and Mickey Newbury with rare sensitivity and flair. In fact, his last major album, Nashville, could serve as a shining example of the inextricable link between country and soul. The screening will be followed by a discussion with author Peter Guralnick, who was a consultant and interviewee for the film. Guralnick’s 1986 classic Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom was inspired by, and dedicated to, Burke. A writer in residence at Vanderbilt University, Guralnick has written many definitive books about American roots music, and is currently working on a biography of Sam Phillips. Following the program Guralnick will sign his books, purchased outside the Ford Theater.