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"Cry To Me"

From "The Guardian".

"The soul singer Solomon Burke, who wrote Everybody Needs Somebody To Love and recorded the hit Cry to Me, used in the movie Dirty Dancing, has died aged 70.

A police spokesman at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport confirmed the death today, and referred further questions to the star's management.

The Dutch national broadcaster NOS said Burke died on a plane after arriving in Amsterdam from Los Angeles. The cause of death was not immediately clear.

Burke, who was both a Grammy winner and a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, had been due to perform at a well-known club in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

A Philadelphia native highly acclaimed by music critics, fellow musicians, and many loyal fans, Burke never reached the level of fame achieved by soul performers such as James Brown or Marvin Gaye.

He wrote Everybody Needs Somebody to Love in 1964 and it was quickly recorded by the Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett, and later – and perhaps most famously – by the Blues Brothers. The Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler once called Burke "the best soul singer of all time".

According to a 2002 interview with Philadelphia Weekly, Burke fathered 21 children and has scores of grandchildren."

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