The death of James Brown is no doubt one of those ubiquitous blogosphere topics but I had to mention it here also. James Brown was quite a character over the last few years from drugs, spouse abuse & jail time, wait I need to mention that infamous television interview where he was totally out of it. While I laughed at his misfortune & apparent drug use during the interview, I always thought of him as a cool brotha.
I pray that his death will not be surrounded by negative news and revelations. I guess we will see in the days to come.
James wherever you are now probably not reading this “I’m Black and I’m Proud” & I am saying it loud! Thanks for empowering a people and inspiring many of my favorite artists new and old.
WE REMEMBER JAMES BROWN: ‘Godfather of Soul’ dead at 73
Legendary soul singer James Brown, known all over the world as the “Godfather of Soul,” died early Christmas morning at age 73, his manager confirmed.
The most sampled man in music died at 1:45 a.m. Monday at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta after being admitted there on Saturday for treatment of severe pneumonia, his manager, Frank Copsidas, said. Charles Bobbit, Brown’s longtime friend and personal manager, was at his side, he said.
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee, also known as “Mr. Dynamite,” brought musical innovations to R&B that helped to define the “funk” era – with such songs as “Papa Don’t Take No Mess,” “The Payback” and “Make it Funky.”
He emerged in 1956 with his first hit single “Please, Please, Please,” which was followed three years later by “Try Me” and in 1960 with “Think.”
His 1968 single “Say it Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)” became a civil rights anthem. He performed the song at Richard Nixon’s inauguration in 1969 — an act that temporarily hurt his popularity among young blacks, Reuters reports.
Brown, also nicknamed “The Hardest Working Man in Showbizness,” was just as widely known for his dazzling stage shows, which always promised several dramatic wardrobe changes and dancing himself into a frenzy on stage. His crew would throw a cape over his back and he would leave, only to reappear seconds later on his knees, moaning the song into the microphone. The routine would sometimes go on for 30-40 minutes and send his fans delirious.
Brown also built a successful business empire, including a string of radio stations and his own production company, and owned a fleet of expensive cars and his own plane, according to Reuters. (Read Entire Story @ EURweb)
James Brown’s Seminal Hits
James Brown had dozens of hits over his decades-long career. Here is a smattering of his seminal, career-defining songs:
1956: “Please, Please, Please” — This begging ballad about a man trying to keep his woman took on a raw, sensual tone as Brown growled and yelped through the burning track.
1959: “Try Me” — Another slow R&B groove from a pleading Brown.
1961: “Bewildered” — Brown’s she-done-me-wrong classic. He shrieks and shouts passionately, “bewildered” by the actions of his now-former woman.
1962: “Night Train” — One of the first songs to feature the tight, jumping horn section that would become a cornerstone of most of his major hits. Brown’s rough-edged voice shouts out cities nationwide on the “Night Train” route.
1965: “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (Part I)” — Another classic dance track about — what else — dancing.
1965: “I Got You (I Feel Good)” — Perhaps Brown’s most famous tune, and one of the all-time greatest songs in rock’s canon. A buoyant, joyful jam that is an instant party starter. If you’ve never heard this, you’ve never heard music.
1966: “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” — Though the title may suggest a chauvinistic ode, this passionate, downbeat track really pays homage to a man’s eternal need for a woman by his side.
1967: “Cold Sweat (Part I)” — A smoking, sultry mid-tempo jam that features Brown singing about a woman that makes him weak-kneed. It was sampled by dozens, perhaps hundreds of ’80s rap songs.
1968: “Say it Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud (Part 1)” — Released at the height of the civil rights movement, this anthem boldly asserted pride in being black at a time when African-Americans were still fighting for basic rights.
1970: “Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like A) Sex Machine” (Part 1)” — Despite its somewhat risque title, this frenetic groove is more of a call to move your feet. Perhaps Brown’s second most-famous song, its signature is its slamming rhythm section.
1971: “Make It Funky (Part 1) — This could be the theme song of Brown’s entire career. It begins with Brown saying what would become his motto: “(Whatever) I play, it’s got to be funky!”
1974: “Papa Don’t Take No Mess, (Part I): Brown’s amazing, funky tribute to a hard-nosed, stern dad.
1974: “The Payback (Part I)”: The ultimate revenge song, this song sounded as if it would fit right in with many of the blaxploitation soundtracks of the day with its blaring horns and rumbling bass lines.
1976: “Get Up Offa That Thing”: A killer bass instead of horns are the real glue of this James Brown classic dance groove.
1985: “Living in America” — This rousing, patriotic song from the fourth installment of the “Rocky” movie franchise re-established Brown as a hitmaker in his fifth decade.
1988: “Static, Pts. 1 & 2” (with Full Force) — As Brown’s music was being sampled right and left by rappers, Brown showed hip-hop heads how it should be done with this sizzling collaboration with the group Full Force. (Source | Newsday)