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James Brown is gone:

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — 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. He was 73.

Brown 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.

Copsidas said Brown’s family was being notified of his death and that the cause was still uncertain. “We really don’t know at this point what he died of,” he said.

Along with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and a handful of others, Brown was one of the major musical influences of the past 50 years. At least one generation idolized him, and sometimes openly copied him. His rapid-footed dancing inspired Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson among others. Songs such as David Bowie’s “Fame,” Prince’s “Kiss,” George Clinton’s “Atomic Dog” and Sly and the Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song” were clearly based on Brown’s rhythms and vocal style.

If Brown’s claim to the invention of soul can be challenged by fans of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke, then his rights to the genres of rap, disco and funk are beyond question. He was to rhythm and dance music what Dylan was to lyrics: the unchallenged popular innovator.

Ray Charles last year, James Brown this year… will somebody please check up on B.B. King? 😦

UPDATE: The Fat Guy cracks me up with a quote he can’t remember the source of:

Of course, Death had to chase James at high speeds across the Georgia state line and shoot out all four tires on his pickup truck with a shotgun and then follow James driving for three miles on rims throwing sparks before Death actually took him.

And Charles Hill gives an excellent overview of Brown’s career.

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Written by [IMH]

25 December 2006 at 6:25 pm

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  1. I am so very disappointed in the Black entertainers and celebrities who did not attend the Homegoing Services of James Brown.  It’s not only those in the music industry who owed it to him to be in attendance.  Every single Black celebrity should have been at the door of The James Brown Arena waiting to get a seat when they opened because each and every one on them owe The Godfather of soul a debt of gratitude.  Actually a whole lot…A Whole Lot of them owe him much money for unauthorized use of his music throughout the years. 
     
    It is disgusting to me that they would not take one day not to smoke week; not to chase hoes; not to do whatever it is they do and make their was to The James Brown Arena to give The Hardest Working Man In Show Business his proper due.
     
    Every rapper who ever sampled Mr. Brown’s music should have been lined up at the doors of the arena that bears his name to pay James Brown the proper respect he deserved at his Homegoing service.  Those who sampled his music and never gave him a damn dime should have been there fighting to get in to pay him the respect in death that they never bothered to pay him in life.  Ya’ll know who you are!
     
    WHERE WERE YOU KOOL MOE DEE?
     
    The list of those who should have been seated in The James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia on December 30, 2006 but weren’t is enormous.  Each of you collectively and individually will forever be so wrong for not attending the Homegoing ceremony of Mr. Please Please Please.  Without him and his music, where would you be?
     
    Sure James Brown has been to jail but so what.  Most of the entertainers who owe so much to him have been to jail too. 
     
    So what James Brown did drugs; Most of those entertainers who did not attend but damn sure should have attended did or do as well.  
     
    Yes James Brown had family and monetary problems during his lifetime.  Most of the entertainers trying to walk the path he laid had or has those same exact problems right now.
     
    I guess there is no reason for me to be upset with the Black Entertainers.  Their lack of respect for anything other than money is legendary and flaunted in the faces of their fans each and every day.
     
    I am just so very disappointed!
     
    Atlanta is approximately 180 miles away from the arena in Augusta, Georgia named after James Brown.  That is just a little over 2 hours by automobile. It is about 40 minutes by plane.  It is a straight shot on I-20.  No turns, just a straight road.  Atlanta is the place where so many of these Black so-called stars and entertainers reside.  Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, T.I., Lil John, Ludacris, Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupree, User Raymond and the rest all call THE ATL their home.  They can go to the club; They can go buy weed, crack and heroin; they can go out and get arrested on some stupid mess but no way could they get into one of their many cars and drive 2 hours down the road to pay homage to The Legendary James Brown. 
     
    Bobby Brown has been arrested his in Augusta, Georgia so I know he knows the way here.  T.I. and Bow Wow have performed in The James Brown Arena so they know the way here.
     
    What happened Eddie Murphy?  You can make millions mocking Mr. Brown but you can’t pay your last respects to him?  I know your new girlfriend could have shown you the way here if you didn’t know it.  I am sure after living in Atlanta all those years with Babyface she knows where I-20 is.
     
    Spike Lee wants to make a movie about Mr. James Brown’s life and Usher Raymond wants to portray Mr. Brown in this move but neither of them could find the time in their schedules to make it to The James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia on December 30, 2006 between 1pm and 5 pm EST.
     
    Queen Latifah was here in Augusta, Georgia just last month filming parts of her upcoming movie.  Did she forget how to get here?
     
    Hey King Tee…Payback’s A Mutha is ALL James Brown’s Payback.  Where were you on Saturday, December 30, 2006?
     
    Maybe Oprah didn’t get the news that The Godfather of Soul had passed.
     
    Where were:
     
    Full Force
    Usher Raymond
    Diddy
    Spike Lee
    Omorian
    Rev. Run
    Russell Simmons
    Kurtis Blow
    Queen Latifah
    Babyface
    Jermaine Dupree
    Jay-Z
    Beyonce
     
     
    Watch any of the people mentioned above perform and see the James Brown influence.

    Rob

    2 January 2007 at 3:52 am

  2. I am so very disappointed in the Black entertainers and celebrities who did not attend the Homegoing Services of James Brown.  It’s not only those in the music industry who owed it to him to be in attendance.  Every single Black celebrity should have been at the door of The James Brown Arena waiting to get a seat when they opened because each and every one on them owe The Godfather of soul a debt of gratitude.  Actually a whole lot…A Whole Lot of them owe him much money for unauthorized use of his music throughout the years. 
     
    It is disgusting to me that they would not take one day not to smoke week; not to chase hoes; not to do whatever it is they do and make their was to The James Brown Arena to give The Hardest Working Man In Show Business his proper due.
     
    Every rapper who ever sampled Mr. Brown’s music should have been lined up at the doors of the arena that bears his name to pay James Brown the proper respect he deserved at his Homegoing service.  Those who sampled his music and never gave him a damn dime should have been there fighting to get in to pay him the respect in death that they never bothered to pay him in life.  Ya’ll know who you are!
     
    WHERE WERE YOU KOOL MOE DEE?
     
    The list of those who should have been seated in The James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia on December 30, 2006 but weren’t is enormous.  Each of you collectively and individually will forever be so wrong for not attending the Homegoing ceremony of Mr. Please Please Please.  Without him and his music, where would you be?
     
    Sure James Brown has been to jail but so what.  Most of the entertainers who owe so much to him have been to jail too. 
     
    So what James Brown did drugs; Most of those entertainers who did not attend but damn sure should have attended did or do as well.  
     
    Yes James Brown had family and monetary problems during his lifetime.  Most of the entertainers trying to walk the path he laid had or has those same exact problems right now.
     
    I guess there is no reason for me to be upset with the Black Entertainers.  Their lack of respect for anything other than money is legendary and flaunted in the faces of their fans each and every day.
     
    I am just so very disappointed!
     
    Atlanta is approximately 180 miles away from the arena in Augusta, Georgia named after James Brown.  That is just a little over 2 hours by automobile. It is about 40 minutes by plane.  It is a straight shot on I-20.  No turns, just a straight road.  Atlanta is the place where so many of these Black so-called stars and entertainers reside.  Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston, T.I., Lil John, Ludacris, Bow Wow, Jermaine Dupree, User Raymond and the rest all call THE ATL their home.  They can go to the club; They can go buy weed, crack and heroin; they can go out and get arrested on some stupid mess but no way could they get into one of their many cars and drive 2 hours down the road to pay homage to The Legendary James Brown. 
     
    Bobby Brown has been arrested his in Augusta, Georgia so I know he knows the way here.  T.I. and Bow Wow have performed in The James Brown Arena so they know the way here.
     
    What happened Eddie Murphy?  You can make millions mocking Mr. Brown but you can’t pay your last respects to him?  I know your new girlfriend could have shown you the way here if you didn’t know it.  I am sure after living in Atlanta all those years with Babyface she knows where I-20 is.
     
    Spike Lee wants to make a movie about Mr. James Brown’s life and Usher Raymond wants to portray Mr. Brown in this move but neither of them could find the time in their schedules to make it to The James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia on December 30, 2006 between 1pm and 5 pm EST.
     
    Queen Latifah was here in Augusta, Georgia just last month filming parts of her upcoming movie.  Did she forget how to get here?
     
    Hey King Tee…Payback’s A Mutha is ALL James Brown’s Payback.  Where were you on Saturday, December 30, 2006?
     
    Maybe Oprah didn’t get the news that The Godfather of Soul had passed.
     
    Where were:
     
    Full Force
    Usher Raymond
    Diddy
    Spike Lee
    Omorian
    Rev. Run
    Russell Simmons
    Kurtis Blow
    Queen Latifah
    Babyface
    Jermaine Dupree
    Jay-Z
    Beyonce
     
     
    Watch any of the people mentioned above perform and see the James Brown influence.

    Rob

    2 January 2007 at 3:52 am


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