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James Brown Dies at 73

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Singer James Brown, known as the "Godfather of Soul", has died at the age of 73, his agent has said.
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What a legend...and now gone. RIP...
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One of my favorites. I guess this will be a Brown Christmas in front of the speaker system today.
On a side note: Who are prince and M. Jackson going to steal there dance steps from now?
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Originally Posted by stewgriff View Post

What a legend...and now gone. RIP...
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Rest in Peace.
I've definitely benefited from his great works, and like Tom, will dedicate some quality time to enjoying them today.
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I just watched Rocky 4 a few days ago too. Great performer.
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wow..very sad. Its scary to see legends passing away, it really hits home how fast time is passing us by. RIP
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very sad.

rest in peace james brown.
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I'm really, really hating myself right now, because I passed up a chance to see him at the Hollywood Bowl a few months ago. I'll never forgive myself...
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In Mourning...

Godfather of Soul, you will be missed.
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You ever see the bmw movie with him and Manson?

weird that he dies on christmas...

RIP Mr. Brown..
what a great to say the very very least.
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Give it up for the Godfather Of Soul, The Hardest Working Man In Show Business, Mr. Dynamite, Soul Brother Number One, The Father Of The Funk, His Own Bad Self.


In terms of sheer impact, influence, and longevity, Brother James was truly a towering presence in R&B, Soul, Funk, and all of their offshoots filtering into Blaxploitation, Disco, Electronica, IDM, Rap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, hell--Krautrock even, you name it and he is there.

His singular vision and larger-than-life persona were rivaled perhaps only by Johnny Cash. Both had their hiccups with substances and run-ins with the law, but Brown's happened in the tabloid era long after Cash's had been forgotten. And more's the pity that JB didn't have a Rick Rubin onboard to usher him into late-period greatness similar to that which Cash enjoyed. But in any case, The James Brown Show was always a happening, right up to the last.

If there is any good to come out of his passing, perhaps it will result in a closer examination of the enormity of the James Brown canon, with richly-earned props floating in the direction of his spirit. And there is still much work to be done in properly tending to his vast back-catalogue. So let the reissues begin apace, hopefully done with the care and respect that they deserve.
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James Brown just died

The godfather of soul, James Brown died today of pneumonia. http://today.reuters.com/news/articl...1_%5BFeed%5D-3
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