Solomon Burke died at Amsterdam airport

>> Sunday, October 10, 2010

Solomon Burke, soul singer of "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" written, died at the airport Schiphol.

The singer, 70, who also recorded "Cry To Me" hit the dance used in the movie Dirty, died in a plane early Sunday morning after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles, according to Dutch national broadcaster NOS. The cause of death was not immediately clear.

Burke, both a Grammy winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was due to perform in a club known in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

A native of Philadelphia, praised by music critics, musicians, and many loyal supporters, Burke has never achieved the same level of awareness the soul artists like James Brown or Marvin Gaye.

He wrote: "Everybody needs Somebody to Love" in 1964 and quickly recorded by the Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett, and later, and perhaps the most famous by the Blues Brothers.

According to a 2002 interview with Philadelphia Weekly, Burke has produced 21 children and dozens of grandchildren. He lived in Los Angeles.

Legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler once called Burke "the best soul singer of all time.


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