Philly Soul Man Solomon Burke: 1940 – 2010October 12, 2010
Although he lived in Los Angeles at the time of his death, Solomon Burke was born near 30th and Mt. Vernon Streets in Philly and came back to visit his many children and grandchildren regularly.
Burke started recording with Atlantic Records in Philly in the ’60s and produced a string of hits, including Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, which was sung by Belushi and Aykroyd in The Blues Brothers and covered by the Rolling Stones, and Cry To Me, which was sung by Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing.
In 2000, Burke sang before Pope John Paul II at the Vatican. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Burke still toured intermittedly and even performed at the Bonnaroo and Glastonbury festivals. He was on a flight to do a show in Europe on Sunday when he died of “natural causes” (he was very obese) at the age of 70.
Get Out of My LIfe Woman was also a hit of his and was sampled by a handful of hip hop artists. I can’t find a video and I don’t own his version, so here is Lee Dorsey‘s: