Solomon Burke - Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - 1964

Solomon Burke - "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" (1964)

Solomon Burke was a pivotal figure in the development of soul music. His 1964 song, "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," is a classic example of the soul genre, blending elements of gospel, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll. This song, with its uplifting message and energetic rhythm, has been covered by many artists and remains a staple in music history.

Background of the Song

  1. "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" was written by Solomon Burke, Jerry Wexler, and Bert Berns.
  2. It was originally released in 1964, during the height of the civil rights movement, which influenced its message of unity and love.
  3. The song's gospel-infused style reflects Burke's background as a preacher.

Musical Influence

  1. Burke's style influenced later soul artists, like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett.
  2. The song has been covered by various artists, including The Rolling Stones and The Blues Brothers, showcasing its cross-genre appeal.
  3. It exemplifies the transition from rhythm and blues to soul music in the 1960s.

Cultural Impact

  1. "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" became an anthem for love and togetherness during turbulent times.
  2. It is often cited in discussions of music's role in social and cultural movements of the 1960s.
  3. The song has appeared in multiple films and TV shows, cementing its status in popular culture.

Quiz: Questions on the Song

What year was "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" released? (1964) (!1958) (!1967) (!1971)

Who were the co-writers of the song along with Solomon Burke? (Jerry Wexler and Bert Berns) (!Sam Cooke and Otis Redding) (!Brian Wilson and Mike Love) (!Mick Jagger and Keith Richards)

Which of the following genres does "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" best represent? (Soul) (!Rock) (!Jazz) (!Blues)

What aspect of Solomon Burke's background is reflected in the song's style? (His background as a preacher) (!His classical music training) (!His experience in jazz clubs) (!His love for rock and roll)

Which of the following bands covered "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"? (The Rolling Stones) (!The Beatles) (!Led Zeppelin) (!Pink Floyd)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

What is Solomon Burke known for in the music industry? (Being a pivotal figure in the development of soul music) (!Inventing the electric guitar) (!Being the first DJ to play rock and roll) (!Founding the Motown record label)

Apart from being a singer, what was another profession of Solomon Burke? (Preacher) (!Lawyer) (!Painter) (!Chef)

How has Solomon Burke influenced other musicians? (By influencing later soul artists like Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett) (!By inventing new musical instruments) (!By starting a famous music school) (!By writing a best-selling autobiography on music theory)

Which era's cultural movements is Solomon Burke's music closely associated with? (The 1960s civil rights movement) (!The 1920s jazz age) (!The 1980s pop music era) (!The 2000s digital music revolution)

Which characteristic is most notable in Solomon Burke's musical style? (Combining gospel, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll) (!Use of electronic music elements) (!Classical symphony structure) (!Heavy metal guitar riffs)

Quiz: Questions on the Lyrics

What is the central theme of the lyrics in "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"? (The importance of love and unity) (!The struggles of life on the road) (!Historical events of the 1960s) (!A personal love story)

Which lyric line from the song suggests its gospel influence? ("I need you, you, you") (!"The sun is shining") (!"Walking down the street") (!"Late at night")

How do the lyrics reflect the social atmosphere of the 1960s? (By promoting a message of unity during the civil rights movement) (!By discussing the space race) (!By referencing the Vietnam War) (!By celebrating economic prosperity)

What emotion is primarily conveyed through the song's lyrics? (Joy and upliftment) (!Sadness and nostalgia) (!Anger and frustration) (!Indifference and apathy)

In the context of the song, what does "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" emphasize as a universal need? (The need for companionship and connection) (!The need for fame and success) (!The need for wealth and material possessions) (!The need for knowledge and education)


Solomon Burke Influential soul music figure
1964 Release year of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"
Gospel influence Reflected in Burke's musical style
Civil rights movement Era associated with the song's message
The Rolling Stones Band that covered the song

Open Tasks


  1. Explore Different Covers: Listen to different cover versions of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and compare how each artist interprets the song.
  2. Create a Playlist: Make a playlist of songs from the 1960s that share similar themes with Solomon Burke's song.
  3. Biography Research: Research Solomon Burke's life and write a short biography focusing on his musical career.


  1. Song Analysis: Analyze the lyrics of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and discuss how they reflect the era's social and cultural context.
  2. Musical Influence Map: Create a map showing how Solomon Burke's style influenced other soul artists.
  3. Performance Video: Record yourself or a group singing or playing "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and discuss the experience.


  1. Comparative Essay: Write an essay comparing "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" to another soul song from the same era, focusing on themes and musical styles.
  2. Music and Social Movements: Research and present how soul music, like Solomon Burke's, influenced or was influenced by social movements of the 1960s.
  3. Artistic Interpretation: Create a piece of art (painting, digital art, etc.) that captures the essence of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love."

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Evolution of Soul Music: Talk about how songs like "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" contributed to the evolution of soul music.
  2. Impact of Music on Social Movements: Discuss how music can influence or reflect social movements, using "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" as an example.
  3. Comparing Musical Eras: Compare the 1960s soul music era to another musical era of your choice in terms of cultural impact.
  4. Personal Interpretation: Share your personal interpretation of "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and its relevance today.
  5. Artist Influence: Discuss how an artist's background, like Solomon Burke's as a preacher, can influence their musical style.

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