Photograph of Solomon Burke
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Solomon Burke Dies

Jerry Wexler, a co-founder of Atlantic Records, described Solomon Burke as "wily, highly intelligent, a salesman of epic proportions". Burke, who has died aged 70, was indeed vast, and was confined to a wheelchair in his later years after his weight rose to an alarming 30 stone. But he was massively endowed with talent, too, and recordings such as Cry to Me and Everybody Needs Somebody to Love caused some (Wexler included) to consider him soul's greatest singer.

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 singer Sunday and referred further questions to the performer's management.

Solomon Burke, the soul legend behind Atlantic R&B classics including "Cry to Me" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," died early this morning after arriving at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport. He was 70.

Known as “The King of Rock and Soul,” Burke has been covered by artists including Otis Redding, Bruce Springsteen, and the Rolling Stones. In the last decade, Burke enjoyed resurgence as one of the last living soul legends. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won his first Grammy in 2003.