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    Solomon Burke dies at Amsterdam airport at 70 - Yahoo! News
    AMSTERDAM 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.

    Yet his popularity never matched that of those he influenced, contemporaries including James Brown and Marvin Gaye, a reality he accepted with grace and some frustration, colleagues said.

    Burke, 70, died early Sunday of natural causes at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, his family said in a statement on the singer's website.

    "This is a time of great sorrow for our entire family. We truly appreciate all of the support and well wishes from his friends and fans," the statement said.

    "Although our hearts and lives will never be the same, his love, life and music will continue to live within us forever," it added. The family did not elaborate on the cause of death.

    Schiphol Airport police spokesman Robert van Kapel confirmed that Burke died on a plane at Schiphol. He arrived early Sunday on a flight from Los Angeles and had been scheduled to perform a sellout show on Tuesday in a church converted into a concert hall in Amsterdam with local band De Dijk.

    Legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler once called Burke, "the best soul singer of all time."

    Anti- Records President Andy Kaulkin, whose label produced Burke's comeback record, "Don't Give Up On Me," which won him his first and only Grammy, said, "Popular music today wouldn't be where it is without Solomon Burke."

    Kaulkin called Burke a precursor to singers like Isaac Hayes and Barry White.

    "I feel like his music is where it all came together, and when we think of '60s soul music it all started with Solomon Burke."

    Burke, a giant man with a powerful soulful voice to match, appeared on stage on a throne in later years partly because of his regal persona and partly because of health problems. He joined Atlantic in 1960 and went on to record a string of hits in a decade with the label.

    Kaulkin said Burke "gracefully" accepted the fact that his fame was eclipsed by singers he influenced.

    "I think there was a little bit of frustration there but I don't think it ruled him at all," Kaulkin said.

    Two of Burke's best-known songs reached a wider audience when they were featured in hit movies.

    He wrote "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" in 1964 and it was later featured in the Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi movie "The Blues Brothers." The Rolling Stones and Wilson Pickett also recorded it.

    A bare-chested Patrick Swayze danced seductively with Jennifer Grey to Burke's "Cry To Me" in one of the most memorable scenes from the movie "Dirty Dancing."

    According to his website, Burke was born March 21, 1940, "to the sounds of horns and bass drums" at the United Praying Band The House of God for All People in West Philly.

    "From day one, literally God and gospel were the driving forces behind the man and his music," his website said.

    He remained closely linked to the church as a preacher. In 2000, he played for then-Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

    Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 and won a Best Contemporary Blues Album Grammy a year later for "Don't Give Up On Me."

    Those honors sparked a renewed interest in the singer and he toured extensively around the world in recent years, including touring with The Rolling Stones.

    Burke and his band would play without set lists, instead performing whatever the audience wanted to hear.

    "It's like turning back the hands of time instantly," he said on his website. "We can be in the middle of singing something from my recent 'Like A Fire' album, and they'll call out 'Stupidity' from 1957 and we're back 50 years!"

    Burke combined his singing with the role of preacher and patriarch of a huge family of 21 children, 90 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

    "Loving people," he said at a recent performance in London, "is what I do."

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    Posted this in Misc Celebrity News by mistake.

    Honestly, I had never even heard of this lady before the news of her death was reported. Given what we find "scandalous" today, she probably would have fit right in!

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    Soprano Joan Sutherland

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    Solomon Burke is a big blow to me. Most people have no idea who he is. He had a career revival in the early 2000s, but even still ask Joe Q. Public who he is and they won't know.

    But he was one of the epic greats. Rightfully he should be spoken of in the same breath with Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke, Al Green, etc.

    Here's a YouTube playlist some nice person assembled with a good deal of his stuff (and also I guess stuff "inspired" by him: YouTube - Solomon Burke playlist

    Here's no less a media outlet than the Wall Street Journal on his passing:

    Solomon Burke: An Appreciation | A King of Rock and Soul | By Jim Fusilli - WSJ.com
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    CBS Sunday Morning also marked his passing. He was arriving in London for a concert when he died of natural causes. The piece went on to say that he was the unheralded inspiration for those that Krom mentioned and many more. I'm sorry that mass fame didn't reach him in life, but will know him in death. RIP Solomon Burke.
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    From The Hollywood Reporter

    'Falcon Crest' actor dies at age 58
    Simon MacCorkindale, who played Greg Reardon, lost his long battle against cancer

    LONDON "Falcon Crest" actor and longtime British star Simon MacCorkindale has died at the age of 58 after a long struggle with cancer, his agent Max Clifford said Friday.

    MacCorkindale, who played British lawyer Greg Reardon in the '80s soap which also starred Jane Wyman, Lorenzo Lamas and Mel Ferrer appeared in "Death on the Nile" and spent six years on the British medical drama "Casualty."

    The actor died Thursday night surrounded by his family in a private Harley Street clinic. He had been diagnosed with bowel cancer four years ago, and it spread to his liver.

    His wife, the actress Susan George, said he had fought valiantly against the ravages of the disease.

    "He fought it with such strength, courage and belief. Last night, he lost this battle, and he died peacefully in my arms ... to me, he was simply the best of everything, and I loved him with all my heart."
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    Awww. I really liked him in Jaws 3 (lousy movie, but he was really good looking)
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    He was really good in Death on the Nile. I was sorry to hear about this one. RIP.
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    This brought a tear to my eye. "Mrs. Cleaver" has passed away.

    'Leave it to Beaver' mom dies
    Barbara Billingsley best known for role as perfect stay-at-home mother

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. Barbara Billingsley, who gained supermom status for her gentle portrayal of June Cleaver, the warm, supportive mother of a pair of precocious boys in "Leave It to Beaver," died Saturday. She was 94.

    Billingsley, who had suffered from a rheumatoid disease, died at her home in Santa Monica, said family spokeswoman Judy Twersky.

    When the show debuted in 1957, Jerry Mathers, who played Beaver, was 9, and Tony Dow, who portrayed Wally, was 12. Billingsley's character, the perfect stay-at-home 1950s mom, was always there to gently but firmly nurture both through the ups and downs of childhood.

    Beaver, meanwhile, was a typical American boy whose adventures landed him in one comical crisis after another.

    Billingsley's own two sons said she was pretty much the image of June Cleaver in real life, although the actress disagreed.

    "She was every bit as nurturing, classy, and lovely as 'June Cleaver' and we were so proud to share her with the world," her son Glenn Billingsley said Saturday.

    She did acknowledge that she may have become more like June as the series progressed.

    "I think what happens is that the writers start writing about you as well as the character they created," she once said. "So you become sort of all mixed up, I think."

    A wholesome beauty with a lithe figure, Billingsley began acting in her elementary school's plays and soon discovered she wanted to do nothing else.

    Although her beauty and figure won her numerous roles in movies from the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s, she failed to obtain star status until "Leave it to Beaver," a show that she almost passed on.

    "I was going to do another series with Buddy Ebsen for the same producers, but somehow it didn't materialize," she told The Associated Press in 1994. "A couple of months later I got a call to go to the studio to do this pilot show. And it was 'Beaver.'"

    Decades later, she expressed surprise at the lasting affection people had for the show.

    "We knew we were making a good show, because it was so well written," she said. "But we had no idea what was ahead. People still talk about it and write letters, telling how much they watch it today with their children and grandchildren."

    After "Leave it to Beaver" left the air in 1963 Billingsley largely disappeared from public view for several years.

    She resurfaced in 1980 in a hilarious cameo in "Airplane!" playing a demur elderly passenger not unlike June Cleaver.

    When flight attendants were unable to communicate with a pair of jive-talking hipsters, Billingsley's character volunteered to translate, saying "I speak jive." The three then engage in a raucous street-slang conversation.

    "No chance they would have cast me for that if I hadn't been June Cleaver," she once said.

    She returned as June Cleaver in a 1983 TV movie, "Still the Beaver," that costarred Mathers and Dow and portrayed a much darker side of Beaver's life.

    In his mid-30s, Beaver was unemployed, unable to communicate with his own sons and going through a divorce. Wally, a successful lawyer, was handling the divorce, and June was at a loss to help her son through the transition.

    "Ward, what would you do?" she asked at the site of her husband's grave. (Hugh Beaumont, who played Ward Cleaver, had died in 1982.)

    The movie revived interest in the Cleaver family, and the Disney Channel launched "The New Leave It to Beaver" in 1985.

    The series took a more hopeful view of the Cleavers, with Beaver winning custody of his two sons and all three moving in with June.

    In 1997 Universal made a "Leave it to Beaver" theatrical film with a new generation of actors. Billingsley returned for a cameo, however, as Aunt Martha.

    In later years she appeared from time to time in such TV series as "Murphy Brown," "Empty Nest" and "Baby Boom" and had a memorable comic turn opposite fellow TV moms June Lockhart of "Lassie" and Isabel Sanford of "The Jeffersons" on the "Roseanne" show.

    "Now some people, they just associate you with that one role (June Cleaver), and it makes it hard to do other things," she once said. "But as far as I'm concerned, it's been an honor."

    In real life, fate was not as gentle to Billingsley as it had been to June and her family.

    Born Barbara Lillian Combes in Los Angeles on Dec. 22, 1922, she was raised by her mother after her parents divorced. She and her first husband, Glenn Billingsley, divorced when her sons were just 2 and 4.

    Her second husband, director Roy Kellino, died of a heart attack after three years of marriage and just months before she landed the "Leave it to Beaver" role.

    She married physician Bill Mortenson in 1959 and they remained wed until his death in 1981.

    Survivors include her sons, a stepson and numerous grandchildren.♠
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    So sorry to hear this.

    Looks like they either have her age wrong or the wrong date of birth.

    I've been going to the family's ( 2 sons) restaurant for years and it's always good.
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