Tuesday, October 12, 2010

George Jones & Tammy Wynette's "We're Gonna Hold On" Performed by Solomon Burke & Emmylou Harris


Something to accompany Peter Stone Brown's obituary of "one of the legendary characters in the music and entertainment business," who, "[a]long with being a preacher and running his own church, he ran a funeral parlor business, pharmacies, had 21 children and 90 grandchildren, and 21 great-grandchildren" — Brother Solomon Burke. The author ends with this anecdote:
    When I finally, somewhat reluctantly joined Facebook a couple of years ago, I was amazed you could become “friends” with Solomon Burke. He posted frequently alternating concert and tour announcements with messages of peace and love. One of his last posts less than two weeks ago was to wish Jerry Lee Lewis a happy birthday. When someone responded, “Jerry Lee Lewis, are you kidding?”, Burke responded with something along the lines of: I’ve known Jerry Lee Lewis for years and he is a gentleman. From all reports one could say the same about Solomon Burke. There’s not going to anyone else like him again.
Earlier Burkean collaborations with country singers posted on these pages — "Valley of Tears" Performed by Solomon Burke, Gillian Welch, and Dave Rawlings and "Up To The Mountain" Performed by Solomon Burke and Patty Griffin.

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