Solomon Burke dies at Amsterdam airport at 70

File - Solomon Burke, the king of rock and soul - a title that Burke has embraced ever since a Baltimore disc jockey is said to have hung it on him in 1964 - poses in his red velvet throne in his Los Angeles home in this April 21, 2005 file photo. Burke has died at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Airport police spokesman Robert van Kapel confirmed the death of the singer Sunday Oct. 10, 2010. He was 70. (AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)

October 11, 2010 5:25:04 AM PDT
Solomon Burke was born to the sound of music in an upstairs room of a Philadelphia church and went on to become one of the greatest soul singers of the 1960s, renowned as among music's premier vocalists.

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