Saturday, October 16, 2010
Solomon Burke, crowned the King of Rock and Soul by a radio D.J. in 1964, passed away last Sunday at 70. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, Burke's powerful vocal style drew upon gospel, country and rhythm and blues. Burke was covered by many influential artists, including Otis Redding, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones. Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler called him "the best soul singer of all time." Burke is shown above performing his 1962 hit "Cry to Me" at the Vitoria Jazz Festival in Spain. To sample more of Burke's music, visit his web site.