12.25.06

James Brown, RIP

Posted in Hip Hop, Rock Und Roll, The World Of Entertainment at 10:00 am by

James Brown passed away in Atlanta early this morning at the age of 73.  From an obituary from the AP’s Greg Blaustein.

(on the right, the Godfather Of Soul. On the left, guy who needed a haircut)

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.

“James presented obviously the best grooves,” rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy once told The Associated Press. “To this day, there has been no one near as funky. No one’s coming even close.”

His hit singles include such classics as “Out of Sight,” “(Get Up I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud,” a landmark 1968 statement of racial pride.

“I clearly remember we were calling ourselves colored, and after the song, we were calling ourselves black,” Brown said in a 2003 Associated Press interview. “The song showed even people to that day that lyrics and music and a song can change society.”

In addition to being a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003, Brown was awarded CSTB’s 2005 Get Out Of Jail Card.

4 Responses to “James Brown, RIP”

  1. Don says:

    One thing that was puzzling was the rather poor selection of movies that he appeared in: Doctor Detroit, Blues Brothers 2000, Rocky IV, Phynx, an episode of “Amen.”

  2. josh says:

    Does this mean Joe Buck will work at both CBS and Fox?

  3. Repoz says:

    “One thing that was puzzling was the rather poor selection of movies that he appeared in…”

    After his dynamic rattle through “Ski Party” 1965…and it really doesn’t matter what he did the rest of his formoviable career. Outta sight!

    BTW…Cos, nice picture of JB standing next to Soupy Sales…:”)

  4. GC says:

    soupy sales? the guy at the (Gary) Bettman Archives swore on a stack of bibles it was Alan Licht.

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