Buried in the sad news of the death of Soul legend Solomon Burke:
“Burke had 21 children, 90 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.”
Yeegads. No wonder Burke “enjoyed a special relationship with the Catholic Church throughout his life.”
When I tweeted about this, a friend pointed out that Screamin’ Jay Hawkins sired at least 55. Fair enough, but for each offspring to average seven more? That’s a persistence and fertility that only ants and stray cats can match.
- David Wild: “Cry To Me”: A Loving Playlist For The Late Great Solomon Burke (huffingtonpost.com)
- “King of Rock and Soul” Solomon Burke Dead at 70 (radioexile.com)