Solomon Burke, 1940–2010

  • Amy Sussman
    Solomon Burke at the GRAMMY Foundation's Music Preservation Project event, Cue The Music, on Jan. 28, 2010, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre
October 18, 2010 -- 2:46 pm PDT

Legendary GRAMMY-winning bluesman Solomon Burke, dubbed the King of Rock and Soul, died on Oct. 10 in Amsterdam. He was 70 years old. Burke had a special connection to the GRAMMY Foundation and shared many memorable experiences about his journey during his GRAMMY Living Histories interview in 2003 (see below). The GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Living Histories program preserves on videotape the life stories of key recording industry professionals and visionaries who helped create the history of recorded sound.

On Jan. 28, 2010, Burke was a featured performer at the Foundation's annual Music Preservation Project event in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week. Before a sold-out house of approximately 1,200 guests at the historical Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Cue The Music celebrated the invaluable contributions of music to television and its influence on the American cultural landscape. In addition to Burke's performance, live performances from GRAMMY-winning artists Colbie Caillat, Pat Monahan and Jason Mraz, GRAMMY nominees the Fray and Latin GRAMMY winner Jorge Moreno followed highlights from the Paley Center for Media's television archive, a GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program recipient.