Music Gear News
Solomon Burke dies
Soul singer Solomon Burke has passed away aged 70.
The 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love' singer died of natural causes yesterday (10.10.10) on a flight from Los Angeles to Holland, where he was due to perform.
He was found by airline staff as they landed at the country's Schiphol airport.
A statement from Solomon's family read: "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. Although our hearts and lives will never be the same, his love, life and music will continue to live within us forever."
Solomon was born in Philadelphia and started his career as a preacher - something he did part time until his death - before singing a record deal in the 60s.
Although he never quite broke into the mainstream as a performer such as other contemporaries Sam Cooke and Marvin Gaye, he was hugely influential. Solomon's song 'Everybody Needs Somebody To Love' was remade by both Wilson Pickett and The Rolling Stones, but most famously used in the film 'The Blues Brothers', by John Belushi and Dan Akroyd.
Another of his songs 'Cry To Me', was used in a pivotal scene in 'Dirty Dancing' starring Patrick Swayze, and was more recently covered by singer Duffy.
Solomon was inducted into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame 2001 and he won the Grammy for Contemporary Blues Album in 2002 for his album 'Don't Give Up On Me'.
In recent years Solmon had suffered health troubles, and the 420lbs singer had been confined to a wheelchair for some time.
He is survived by 21 children, 90 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.Posted on 11 Oct 2010 09:45 to category : Music News
Related Music News
Delivered by Choreographer and Theater Director Arlene Phillips, The Bacc For the Future campaign has acquired support of over 100 hundred influential figures
On the 22nd of April, Pink Floyd will be releasing an unheard version of the iconic classic 'Interstellar Overdrive' in celebration of world record day
With an increased quality of specifications right across the board, Apple's eponymous 'iPad' will host a whole generous selection of great new features.
Supported by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and many more, Fanfair Alliances new educational guide is available for free download online.
Aiming to provide equal educational opportunities for children across the U.K, NYMAZ outline the importance of technology in today's learning environment.
Suffering from a shortage of funds in recent years, the Welsh educational system has experienced a slump in students who are expressing interest in music.
Recent Music News
Following CITES agreement last year, Fender has announced that their Elite guitar and bass range will be subject to strict regulation and substitution of woods.
A reinterpretation of its predecessor, the Moog Subsequent 37 CV Analog Synth builds upon a cumulative effort between Moog and the very people who play them.
With the advent of various new files formats and the cancelling of several licensing programs, the MP3 is speculated to soon become a thing of the past.
Renowned for their legacy of revolutionary amplifiers and guitar pedals, Gurus have fast established themselves as a leading voice in the guitar industry
Control the harmonic content and output of your tone in one fell swoop. Designed for all things gritty and tenacious, Earthquaker's Erupter puts fuzz back on the map.
JBL Professional has launched a competition that gives aspiring musician the opportunity to record in a professional facility with renowned producer Steve Levine.