Everybody Needs Somebody to Love

News on the Beeb this morning is that Solomon Burke, soul legend, has died aged 70. The news reports are that he died at the airport, while his Wikipedia entry has him dying on the flight: none of us can choose the way or time of our deaths, but either are awful places from which to start your final journey. At least he was on his way to a gig, though, to promote a new album (on which he sounds bang on form, too, to judge by this short clip). And 21 children and 90 grandchildren tells me he packed quite a bit of livin’ into those 70 years.

Here’s Solomon on Jools’s Hootenanny from a few years ago, and Solomon’s song, if not the man himself, was the centre piece of the fabulous Blues Brothers.

RIP Solomon.


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