The King of Soul doesn’t collect tariffs. But he doesn’t mind picking up a song here or there.
That’s why Solomon Burke has regularly tapped the talents of his assorted friends and admirers — including Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, Keb’ Mo’ and Jesse Harris, all of whom wrote tracks for Burke’s forthcoming “Like a Fire,” due out June 10.
“You call friends and say, ‘Do you have a song for Ol’ Solomon Burke?’” the singer and ordained minister says with a laugh. “Eric says ‘Yeah man, I got one. Lemme call you back in about three days,’ and out comes ‘Like a Fire.’”
But “Thank You,” which Burke cowrote, was a bonus.
“He says, ‘You know what, Solomon? I have an idea. I’ve got the music, I’ve got the beginning, but you’ve got to finish it ‘cause I’ve got so many things going on. All I can say (lyrically) is ... ‘Thank you.’ And I said, ‘Wow! Whoo! And we finished it off and he was so happy with it.”
Burke, 68, is cutting another version of “Thank You” for a forthcoming gospel album called “The Truth” which he promises “is gonna be the most different gospel album you’ve ever heard.” He hopes to release it later this year.
Solomon Burke opens the 4th Fridays with Ford series with a free concert at 8 p.m. Friday (May 23) at Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. He’ll be followed by Detroit funk and electronic artists Amp Fiddler. Call (313) 962-0101 or visit www.campusmartiuspark.com.