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Obit: Solomon Burke, October 2010

Mary Katherine 10 Oct 10 - 08:39 AM
Jean(eanjay) 10 Oct 10 - 08:56 AM
Will Fly 10 Oct 10 - 09:22 AM
fat B****rd 10 Oct 10 - 02:22 PM
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Subject: Obit: Solomon Burke, October 2010
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 08:39 AM

The great soul singer Solomon Burke died this morning at the airport in Amsterdam, on his way to a gig there. More information here:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-11509614


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Subject: RE: Obit: Solomon Burke, October 2010
From: Jean(eanjay)
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 08:56 AM

I was sorry to hear this news, he was only 70. He helped to write this song.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Solomon Burke, October 2010
From: Will Fly
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 09:22 AM

Another great man and truly wonderful singer gone, alas. RIP.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Solomon Burke, October 2010
From: fat B****rd
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 02:22 PM

In the very early 60s Solomon Burke was a great favoutrite of our little Cleethorpes R'n'B and Blues circle. Such as 'Stupidity' 'Down In The Valley' and 'Cry To Me' were wondeful pre soul-boom anthems. A great character in all respects. RIP Mr. Burke.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Solomon Burke, October 2010
From: Amos
Date: 10 Oct 10 - 03:31 PM

Solomon Burke dead at 70; 'the king of rock and soul'

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Solomon Burke, the robust, regal preacher-turned-singer who defined soul music in the Ô60s and continued to perform and minister for decades afterward, died Sunday in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport.

Burke died on a plane after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles, airport police said. Burke's family said on his Web site the singer died of natural causes, but did not elaborate. He had been scheduled to perform a show Tuesday in an Amsterdam church converted into a concert hall.

It would have been a fitting finale for a singer who was born 70 years ago in a room above a Philadelphia church Òto the sounds of horns and bass drums" from the United Praying Band (some sources claim he was born in 1936, four years earlier, but Burke said in a 2002 interview that he was born in 1940). He seemed fated to join the church, and he became a preacher and hosted a gospel radio show. By the early Ô60s, his immense talent led to a deal with Atlantic Records, where he began a fruitful partnership with songwriter-producer Bert Berns.

He recorded a string of classic soul sides, including "Cry to Me," "Got to Get You Off My Mind," "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and "Down in the Valley." His sound was a bold merger of orchestrated sophistication and countryish, down-home grit, and his best singles built a Gothic sense of drama and heartbreak.

These tracks bridged the gap between the more mannered mainstream rhythm and blues of the Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller songwriting team of the '50s, as exemplified by the Coasters and Drifters, and the gruffer Southern styles of the later '60s, as heard on the Stax Records sides of Otis Redding and Sam & Dave.

Though Burke never broke through to the mainstream like some of his contemporaries, including labelmates Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, Atlantic talent scout Jerry Wexler claimed Burke had the greatest voice of them all, versatile enough to sing country or the deepest gospel and leap the racial divide. ÒHe was the best soul singer of all time,Ó Wexler once said.

He is perhaps best known for two songs: His 1964 hit ÒEverybody Needs Somebody to Love" was recorded by the Rolling Stones and Pickett, and later was a centerpiece of the 1980 ÒBlues BrothersÓ movie; and ÒCry to Me,Ó which provided the backdrop for a key scene in the teen-pop movie ÒDirty Dancing.Ó


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Subject: Obit: In Memory of Solomon Burke
From: GUEST,ClassicBluesVideos
Date: 11 Oct 10 - 08:09 PM

Solomon Burke passed away today in Amsterdam at seventy years old.

We just hope to pay tribute to one the greatest Blues, Soul
and Gospel singers ever to walk this planet.

Thank you Solomon for your beautiful music and the inspiration
you offered others throughout your life.

Six live video tribute in honor of Mr. Burke.

Solomon Burke Tribute


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Subject: RE: Obit: Solomon Burke, October 2010
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Oct 10 - 10:26 PM

I thought this performance was esp. touching considering the sad news:

Valley of Tears with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. Beautiful, beautiful.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Solomon Burke, October 2010
From: evansakes
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 03:20 AM

Thanks for that, katlaughing. I didn'y know they'd filmed Solomon's 'Nashville' album release concert.

From the same night here's Up To The Mountain with the writer, Patty Griffin (and Buddy Miller). Equally beautiful I think.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Solomon Burke, October 2010
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 05:35 AM

That was just lovely Kat


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Subject: RE: Obit: Solomon Burke, October 2010
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 19 Oct 10 - 07:18 AM

That last post was mine by the way. Sorry about that.


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