Solomon Burke Dies aged 70: King of Rock, Soul and Gospel

Solomon Burke Dies aged 70: King of Rock, Soul and Gospel

We have sad news today that Solomon Burke, acclaimed soul singer, has died at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, after flying over from the US to perform at a club in the city. His death has been confirmed by a Dutch police spokesperson and it appears that Mr. Burke died aged 70, on the plane after arriving from Los Angeles.

Solomon Burke, was born into gospel music in a room above a gospel church in Philadelphia and once said on his website, “Many artists claim to have their roots in the church, but few go back this far and run this deep,” according to Lulu Sinclair over on Sky News. He recorded his first ever song at the age of only 14 with “Christmas Presents from Heaven,” and went on to achieve worldwide recognition for his talents with one of his most known songs being, “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love.”

Burke named himself the “King of Rock & Soul” and he was made a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was also a Grammy winner. Among his many fans were eminent names such as Tom Waits and Mick Jagger and Atlantic Records producer, Jerry Wexler, once proclaimed Burke the best soul singer of all time. He had kept up his busy schedule of performances, performing this year with concerts all over Europe and the U.K.

He lived in Los Angeles and BBC News reports that Mr. Burke who at one time was also a preacher and hosted a gospel radio show, had 21 children and 90 grandchildren. We are saddened to hear the news of Solomon Burke’s death. In a week where we have also seen the death of Queen of Gospel, Albertina Walker, this is another blow to the world of gospel and soul music. Our thoughts go to Mr. Burke’s family and friends and if you would like to leave your messages and thoughts for Mr. Burke please do so by sending in your comments.

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