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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Solomon Burke 1940 - 2010

A soul legend and member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has died. Solomon Burke died today in The Netherlands of an apparant heart attack. Burke was a member of Atlantic Records' group of famous soul singers of the 1960's, which included Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, although Burke never gained the widespread fame of the others. Proclaimed "The King of Rock and Soul" in 1964, Atlantic's legendary producer Jerry Wexler said that Burke was "the greatest soul singer of all time". Burke is best known for the song "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" which he wrote in 1964 and was quickly recorded by The Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett, and was later sung by The Blues Brothers in their movie of the same name. His other best known song is "Cry To Me" which was an R&B hit in the 1960's, and then later hit again when it was used in the movie "Dirty Dancing". Burke won a Grammy in 2003 for Best Contemporary Blues Album, and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

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