Legendary soul singer SOLOMON BURKE died at an airport in Amsterdam, Holland on Sunday (10Oct10). He was 70.
The Everybody Needs Somebody To Love hitmaker was set to play a gig in the city on Tuesday (12Oct10), but was pronounced dead at the Schiphol Airport. No further details of his death have been released as WENN goes to press.
A former preacher, Burke signed to the same record label as Ray Charles in the 1960s and had his first hit with a country song, Just Out Of Reach.
However his most famous tracks were Cry To Me, which was used in Dirty Dancing, and the ever-popular Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, which was memorably performed by Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi 1980's film The Blues Brothers.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and picked up a Grammy in 2003.
Burke is survived by 21 children and 90 grandchildren.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.