RIP James Brown (1933 – 2006)

James Brown, the ‘Godfather of Soul’, Dies at 73

James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured “Godfather of Soul,” whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco as well, died early Monday, his agent said.

Brown, 73, was hospitalized with pneumonia at Emory Crawford Long Hospital on Sunday and died around 1:45 a.m. Monday, said his agent, Frank Copsidas of Intrigue Music. Longtime friend Charles Bobbit was by his side, he said.

I saw James Brown in concert in Memphis of 1993. It was an amazing show and I’ll always remember that evening. It was surreal watching a living legend.

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