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R.I.P. Solomon Burke, Soul Legend

R.I.P. Solomon Burke, Soul Legend

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Member and "King of Rock and Soul" Solomon Burke died today at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Details are unavailable at this point, but the singer's website says that he died from natural causes. Though Burke never enjoyed the mainstream success of contemporaries Sam Cooke or Otis Redding, his compositions featured prominently in films such as Dirty Dancing ("Cry to Me") and The Blues Brothers ("Everybody Needs Somebody To Love"). After his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Burke experienced a career renaissance, releasing Don't Give Up on Me in 2002. The album introduced Burke to a new generation of listeners and earned him a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album. "Fast Train" from the album was featured on the season three finale of The Wire. Solomon Burke was seventy years old. [Yahoo]

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Sad, but not totally unexpected...when I saw him a few years ago, he sang sitting down throughout the entire show. Glad he finally started getting the recognition he deserves in the past ten years or so.

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