MB and I were driving home from the East Coast yesterday, and stopped to celebrate our anniversary and 10-10-10 at the halfway point, Columbus Ohio. After a stop at a brewpub and a wonderful meal at a fusion restaurant, we were wandering downtown and both looked up at the same instant at a scrolling newswire as it announced the death of Soul and Rhythm & Blues legend Solomon Burke. Burke apparently died of natural causes at the far-too-young age of 70 in the Amsterdam airport.
There has been enough written about Burke elsewhere over the years that I don’t feel the need or the ability to really eulogize him here. I’ll just say that you either know his work or you don’t. If you do, then you know what the world has lost. If you don’t, then I’d say it’s past time for you to discover his work. The easy place to start is to go to his website where they’re playing his recent work, as strong as he ever was: http://www.thekingsolomonburke.com/. Then, once you’re hooked as I know you will be, then go through his long and illustrious catalog and enjoy. One of the all time great voices of soul music. His work has been an important part of my life and I’m deeply saddened by his passing.
RIP Solomon Burke
March 21, 1940 – October 10, 2010
Ever and always, the “King” of Soul