Soul Singer Solomon Burke Dead at 70

Solomon-BurkeThe “King of Rock & Soul” has met his maker. Soul legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Solomon Burke passed away on October 10 at the Schiphol airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He was 70.

It is still unclear what caused Burke’s death. He was scheduled to perform at a popular Amsterdam club on Tuesday. A local news channel reported that Burke died shortly after his flight from Los Angeles landed in Amsterdam.

A former preacher, Burke was known for writing the song “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” in 1964. The Rolling Stones, Wilson Pickett, as well as Blues Brothers Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi were some of those who covered “Everybody.” Burke also spawned several hit singles, including “Cry to Me,” which was one of the songs featured in the film “Dirty Dancing.”

Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Grammy Award in 2003 for the album “Don’t Give Up on Me.”

He leaves behind 21 children, 90 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.