R&B Legend Solomon Burke Died

The legendary R&B performer and artist Solomon Burke died early this morning after arriving at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on a commercial airplane originating from Los Angeles.   He was 70 years old.

Burke, a member of the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”,  was scheduled to perform a sellout show at The Paradiso in Amsterdam on October 12 to support the upcoming release of his new album “Hold on Tight”.  He leaves behind 21 children, 90 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren. His family released a statement about his death:

“Early this morning, Sunday, October 10, 2010, the legendary King of Rock & Soul, Solomon Burke, our father, passed away due to natural causes.

Solomon had just arrived at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for a sold out show at Paradiso with Dutch band, De Dijk.  He was on his way to spread his message of love as he loved to do.

This is a time of great sorrow for our entire family.  We truly appreciate all of the support and well wishes from his friends and fans.  Although our hearts and lives will never be the same, his love, life and music will continue to live within us forever.  As our family grieves during this time of mourning, thank you for respecting our privacy.”


"The Vision" by Solomon Burke


Burke also was a talented artist and his oil paintings generally depicted a positive message of love or faith.

Solomon Burke – Everybody Needs Somebody To Love:

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