Tuesday 24 October 2017

'King of Rock and Soul' Solomon Burke dies at 70

Toby Sterling in Amsterdam

Solomon Burke, the larger-than-life 'King of Rock and Soul', died yesterday at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport aged 70.

Born to the "sound of music in an upstairs room of a Philadelphia church", Burke was acknowledged as one of the greatest soul singers of the 1960s, but his popularity never matched that of his contemporaries. One of Burke's best-known songs reached a wider audience when it featured in a hit movie.

He wrote 'Everybody Needs Somebody to Love' in 1964 and it was later featured in the Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi movie, 'The Blues Brothers'. The Rolling Stones also recorded it.

Burke combined his singing with the role of preacher and patriarch of a huge family of 21 children, 90 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

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