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died this morning on a plane at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Holland. The legendary soul singer was 70 years old.
Burke was born March 21, 1940 in a Philadelphia church, and "From day one, literally God and gospel were the driving forces behind the man and his music," his biography
says. Solomon Burke made an impact at Atlantic Records in the 1960s with a decade of hits -- the most notable being 'Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,' which was featured in the movie 'The Blues Brothers,' and 'Cry to Me,' from Dirty Dancing. Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Grammy for 'Don't Give Up on Me' -- the Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2002.
A statement from the singer's family on his website
says that Solomon Burke passed from natural causes while in route to a sold out show with Dutch band De Dijk
. The statement continues: "Although our hearts and lives will never be the same, his love, life and music will continue to live within us forever."
Watch Solomon Burke's moving performance of 'Don't Give Up on Me' after the jump.