Early this morning, Solomon Burke, “The King of Rock ‘N Soul,” passed away in an Amsterdam airport. He was 70.
For the uninitiated, Burke was one of the greatest blues and soul singers of all time. His style and voice are both innovative and familiar; innovative because he’s one of the first musicians to bring his experience as a pastor into his music, and familiar because every soul and rock singer stole a bit of his style.
Some of his songs are so familiar that you didn’t even know he wrote them. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, the hit song from The Blues Brothers movie was written by Burke, as was Cry To Me, the hit song from Dirty Dancing.
His legacy, both musically and familially (he’s survived by 21 children, 90 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren), will be with us for a long time, as this larger than life soul-man will forever be remembered for his influence on the blues and soul scenes.
Solomon Burke – None Of Us Are Free