Monday, December 25, 2006


Talk about a Christmas buzz-kill. James Brown died early this morning. He was 73. From Associated Press:

ATLANTA - 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.

'No one near as funky'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.
I don't know what you believe in, but I've decided Jesus wanted James Brown for a birthday present and that James Brown is dancing just like this video at the Pearly Gates and St. Peter and is rocking out. Enjoy my childlike wonderment. It'll last for about 12 hours. Wahoo-Doray. Amen.


Anonymous Dragulf said...

Merry Xmas!

3:07 PM  
Anonymous BarbadoSlim said...

HEEEEY!! I don't feel good !

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sad Xmas News!

4:58 PM  
Blogger Zanna said...

Merry Christmas Dragulf!!! And B, none of us feel good about this...

6:26 PM  
Blogger Peter_M said...

It is a shame and he was STILL performing right to the end.

Merry Christmas Zanna and the gang as well.

6:43 PM  
Blogger oshkoshb-goshdammgosh said...

Merry Christmas bitches! I think I'm going to put on my hot pants in memorium and git down with the yule log. Hot pants! Hit me!

7:20 PM  
Blogger Italian Stallion said...

Merry Christmas Retards..........

9:49 PM  

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