RIP Albertina Walker - August 29, 1929 to October 8, 2010
Gospel legend Albertina Walker has passed away. Per the Chicago Tribune “Albertina Walker, the Grammy-winning vocalist known around the world as the “Queen of Gospel” who helped launch some of the biggest names in traditional gospel through her vocal ensemble, the Caravans, has died. She was 81. Walker died of respiratory complications Friday morning at RML Specialty Hospital in Chicago.” Simply an amazing and charismatic vocalist Albertina, will forever leave her definitive mark on gospel music. Below an example of her fine singing with the Caravans :
For the Wikipedia biography of Albertina Walker, click here .
Solomon Burke, one of the greatest soul singers of all time, has died at the age of 70. He apparently died of natural causes while on a flight to Amsterdam, where he was scheduled to perform at a show with Dutch band De Dijk.
Burke helped define the sound of ’60s soul with songs like “Everybody Needs Somebody To Love,” “Cry To Me” (which became a hit twice thanks to its inclusion in Dirty Dancing), “Home In Your Heart,” “Down In The Valley,” “Get Out Of My Life Woman” and others. He 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.