Solomon Burke (b. March 21, 1936) is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and important country and soul music pioneer. He began his adult life as a preacher in Philadelphia, and soon moved on to hosting a gospel radio show. In the 1960s, he signed with Atlantic Records and began moving towards more secular music. Though he released a few moderate pop hits and major R&B songs, Burke didn't break into the mainstream. His biggest hit was a cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Proud Mary".