10 October 2010
Solomon Burke Dies


Soul singer Solomon Burke has died at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, a Dutch police spokesman has said.


Burke, who wrote the hit Everybody Needs Somebody to Love among many others, was both a Grammy winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


The singer reportedly died on a plane after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles.

He had been due to perform at a well-known club in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

The singer was born in Philadelphia in an upstairs room in a gospel church.

"Many artists claim to have their roots in the church, but few go back this far and run this deep," he said on his website.

He started recording when he was 14 with his first song "Christmas Presents From Heaven" into a million seller.

The man who Tom Waits called "one of the architects of American Music" counted Mick Jagger among his many fans.

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

The singer was busy to the end, having run up more than 130,000 frequent flier miles this year alone, with concerts throughout the UK and Europe.

According to a 2002 interview with Philadelphia Weekly, Burke fathered 21 children and had scores of grandchildren. He lived in Los Angeles.



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