Solomon Burke Dies

Solomon Burke Dies
GRAMMY-winning versatile singer Solomon Burke died Oct. 10 of natural causes at the Schiphol Amsterdam Airport. He was 70 years old. Hailed as the King of Rock and Soul, Burke had a string of Top 10 hits on the R&B Singles chart throughout the '60s, including "Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)," "Got To Get You Off My Mind" and "Cry To Me," which was featured in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing. In 2002 Burke released Don't Give Up On Me, which won a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Blues Album. "A deeply spiritual man, his love and passion for his craft kept him touring and performing to sold-out audiences right up to his final days," said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. "The music industry has lost one of its most distinctive voices." (10/11)

Joan Sutherland Dies
GRAMMY-winning soprano Joan Sutherland died Oct. 10 following a long illness at her home near Geneva. She was 83 years old. One of the most celebrated opera singers of all time, Sutherland made her professional debut at London's Royal Opera House as First Lady in Mozart's "Die Zauberflöte" and later received worldwide praise for her singing of operas by Handel and 19th century Italian composers. Her role in the revival of Italian bel canto operas earned her praise as the successor to GRAMMY-nominated soprano Maria Callas. Sutherland received a GRAMMY Award for Best Classical Performance — Vocal Soloist (With Or Without Orchestra) for The Art Of The Prima Donna in 1961, and was honored with the Best Classical Vocal Soloist Performance in 1981 for Live From Lincoln Center — Sutherland/Horne/Pavarotti. (10/11)

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