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Solomon Burke dies; singer's voice was as big as his soul
Solomon Burke dies; singer's voice was as big as his soul

Solomon Burke, a pioneering singer-songwriter of so-called sweet soul music whose powerful ballads in the 1960s were a major influence on a generation of rock, R&B and pop vocalists, has died. He was in his early 70s.Burke died early Sunday morning of natural causes at an Amsterdam airport, his family announced on his website. He had flown there from Los Angeles for a concert."He was the founding father of what was defined as soul music in America in the 1960s. He was a major player," Tom Reed, author of the 1992 book "The Black Music History of Los Angeles: Its Roots," told The Times on Sunday.Sam Moore of the R&B duo Sam & Dave pronounced in Rolling Stone magazine in May: "There will...

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