(CNN) — Soul singer Solomon Burke has died at the age of 70 in the Netherlands, his Dutch representative stated Sunday.
Hailed by Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler as “the greatest soul singer of all time,” Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Burke joined the Atlantic Records stable in 1960, putting him in the company of Ray Charles, Ben E. King and Wilson Pickett.
His first hit with them came nearly immediately, with “Cry to Me.”
He had top R&B hits in 1965 with “Got to Get You Off of My Mind,” and “Tonight’s the Night,” the rock museum states in Burke’s biography.
He continued to tour until his death, and was scheduled to perform Tuesday in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
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