Soul singer Solomon Burke, recorded "Nashville," dies at 70
Sunday, October 10, 2010
– Solomon Burke, best known as one of the great soul singers starting in the 1960s, died Sunday in the Netherlands following a flight from Los Angeles. Burke had a country album, "Nashville," in 2006, which featured Buddy Miller, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Patty Loveless and Patty Griffin.
Burke, was one of the greatest soul singers of the 1960s, although his fame never reached the heights of Marvin Gaye or James Brown. His years with Atlantic Records and work with Jerry Wexler brought him much acclaim. His last album, "Nothing's Impossible," was released April 6 on E1 Music.
Burke, who was born in Phildelphia, was a giant of a person, who performed sitting on a throne, in part due to health problems.
Burke's web said, "the singer 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."
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