Soul Singing Karaoke Legend and Teacher Burney Starks Dies

Over the weekend, Tucson lost one of its legendary performers and educators, Burney Starks. A longtime teacher at Pueblo Magnet High School, as well as an actor and singer in many local productions, Starks touched the lives of many in town—a fact that became evident as many spent the last two days voicing condolences.

News came on Sunday, May 31 of Starks' passing and his Facebook page was quickly flooded with people remembering everything Starks had done for the community. Whether that's his two decades of teaching, work as a Juneteenth organizer or musical theater chops, Starks contributed many things to Tucson. Aside from that work professionally, Starks was also a well-loved facet of Tucson's karaoke community, often showing up to many local karaoke nights to sing Motown hits.

Ynot Entertainment's karaoke host Deanna Cross made the announcement in a post to Stark's page on Sunday saying:

I have unfortunate news, friends. It has come to my attention that our longtime karaoke regular and friend Burney Starks has passed away. He collapsed at church this morning and despite given CPR immediately, paramedics were not able to revive him. He will be remembered by his genuine and loving spirit and of course his beautiful voice!

Information on services for Starks is yet to be announced, but The Flycatcher is hosting a special karaoke night in memory of him. The event is free to attend and begins at 9 p.m.

For now, check out a video of Burney Starks doing what he did best: