Solomon Burke, soul singer, dies at 70

Solomon-BurkeSolomon Burke, a pioneering soul music singer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, has died at age 70 in the Netherlands, where he was scheduled to perform this week, CNN reports. Burke recorded with Atlantic Records in the 1960s, yielding a string of R&B hits; his 1964 song “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love” was recorded by the Rolling Stones, and later covered by Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in “The Blues Brothers.” His critically acclaimed 2002 release, Don’t Give Up on Me, (which earned an A from EW; see our review) featured high-profile collaborators such as Elvis Costello. Check back for more from Music Mix on Solomon Burke’s life and career.

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  • Donald C

    Incredibly talented and very classy man. He’s is going to be missed. RIP Mr. Burke and my most sincere condolences to his family.

  • G.R.

    “Cry To Me” (which was featured in the movie ‘Dirty Dancing’) is my favorite song of his. He will most certainly be missed. :( RIP Solomon.

    • Meg

      This is one of my favorite soul songs. He had a wonderful voice.

      • Ellipsian

        Also my favorite of his songs. A true loss.

  • kan

    He was one of the best artists. RIP.

  • Lee

    Great Down Home Soul Singer, Gone But Not Forgotton,

  • sunsetsnow81

    A great artist who will be missed.

  • vivian from maryland

    solomon burke was a close and personal friend of mine i knew his family well and they have my condolences you are in my prayers.

  • Tish

    RIP to a wonderful singer. I knew some of his daughter and their mother who was a wonderful prohetist (RIP Auntie D Perkins). His daughter Mel has a voice like and angel. God Bless his soul and his fam.

  • Laura Borboa-Moore

    You music will live on in the lives of your children and namesake Solomon Burke Jr. Rest In Peace.

  • Ian Smith

    I had the pleasure to play on stage with the genius that was Solomon Burke in Dublin, Ireland. He was a gent and a fantastic singer and showman. His kind are few and far between. We should all treasure his music and his legacy. My thoughts to his family, friends and the many musicians that knew him.

    Ian Smith, Dublin, Ireland

  • dinz

    A great talent.He will be missed. I hope the westboro baptist church stays out of his funeral.

  • harry

    R.I.P. Solomon Burke

  • Fred V

    Stylish as f**k, and the voice was always something to hear! RIP, King Solomon.

  • Tracy

    Calling the King just a ‘soul singer’ is like calling Albert Pujols just a baseball player. He was one of the greats, and a great man as well.

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  • ev pace

    “Soul Alive”concert which was performed and recorded in Washington,DC is a classic and true to his superior talent,showmanship and love for people. At least weekly, the King of Soul is heard in my home.RIP

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