Solomon Burke Dies at Amsterdam Airport at 70

Published October 11, 2010

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Soul singer Solomon Burke, who wrote "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" and recorded the hit "Cry To Me" used in the movie "Dirty Dancing," has died at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. He was 70.

Airport police spokesman Robert van Kapel confirmed the death of the Philadelphia native Sunday. Dutch national broadcaster NOS said he died on a plane early Sunday after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles. The cause of death was not immediately clear.

Burke, who was both a Grammy winner and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, had been due to perform at a well-known club in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles resident was acclaimed by music critics and fellow musicians but never reached the same level of fame as soul performers like James Brown or Marvin Gaye. He wrote "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" in 1964 and it was quickly recorded by the Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett, and later and perhaps most famously by the Blues Brothers.

Written by Associated Press

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