posted on Dec, 25 2006 @ 05:59 AM
The Godfather of Soul has passed. James Brown, the legendary singer died early Monday morning after a brief hospitalization, he was 73. While the
cause of death is unknown, he had been admitted due to pneumonia. Brown was one of the great pioneers in modern music, and is credited with Rap, Funk,
and Disco genres.
From the 1950s, when Brown had his first R&B hit, "Please, Please, Please" in 1956, through the mid-1970s, Brown went on a frenzy of cross-country
tours, concerts and new songs. He earned the nickname "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business."
With his tight pants, shimmering feet, eye makeup and outrageous hair, Brown set the stage for younger stars such as Michael Jackson and Prince.
In 1986, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And rap stars of recent years overwhelmingly have borrowed his lyrics with a digital
technique called sampling.
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A tragic loss, James Brown was both a great innovator, and controversial figure. His legal difficulties with had interrupted his career, spending two
years in prison for assault. His music and those that were inspired by him are his great legacy. Rest in peace James, you will be missed, but not
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