Legendary King of Rock ‘n’ Soul, Solomon Burke, dies

Early Sunday morning, October 10, 2010, the legendary King of Rock & Soul, Solomon Burke, passed away due to natural causes.  He was 70 years old.

 Burke had just arrived at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for a sold out show at Paradiso with Dutch band, De Dijk.

Burke was one of the most influential of the early soul-singers of the 1960's. 

Legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler once called Burke, "the best soul singer of all time." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy a year later for Don't Give Up On Me.

His familiy released this statement,  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,"

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

Honest Tune had the privelage to talk wtih the legendary singer in 2008. Read the full feature here.