Today is a sad day for the fans, friends, and family of soul singer Solomon Burke, as he died earlier today (October 10, 2010) at Amsterdam‚Äôs Schiphol airport. Although the ‚ÄúCry to Me‚ÄĚ singer is dead, his music will live on forever. Read more about the life and death of soul legend Solomon Burke below.
Rolling Stone is reporting that Burke aka ‚ÄėThe King of Rock and Soul‚Äô aka ‚ÄėBig Soul‚Äô passed away this morning at an airport in Amsterdam. He was 70-years-old.
Let’s take a quick glimpse into the life and death of this tremendous man.
As a biography, Solomon Burke was born on March 21, 1940 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In early adulthood he was a preacher in Philly, and also he was an acquaintance of Martin Luther King, Jr. His ear pleasing voice quickly landed him a spot hosting a gospel radio show. In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and other inductees ‚Äď Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, and Otis Redding, have covered his songs. Finally after a long and illustrious career as an entertainer he was awarded with a Grammy in 2003. Atlantic Records exec Jerry Wexler considered him Soul‚Äôs greatest singer. He dedicated a good portion of his adult life to being the spiritual leader at the Los Angeles‚Äô nonsectarian Church of God for All People. At the time of his death he was confined to a wheelchair, and weighed in at a vast 420 pounds ‚Äď give or take a few. Sources report that he left behind ‚Äď 21 children, 90 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Burke is quoted as saying:
‚ÄúI’m still amazed people remembered and didn’t give up on me.‚ÄĚ
With all of his accomplishments he has left behind a legacy that will not be soon forgotten.
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Find pictures of Solomon Burke (click on pics to enlarge) and a high quality video of “Don’t Give Up On Me” below.
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