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    Unhappy The Godfather of Soul, James Brown is dead at 73

    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.

    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 Out Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud," a landmark 1968 statement of racial pride.
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    I feel....not so good. Overcome with sadness.

    RIP

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    We keep loosing the great ones. RIP James Brown.
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    The end of the begining. God speed...
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    Sad news indeed. RIP

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    Damn... May the originator of "the one" RIP...

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    James Brown was, by far, the most influential entertainer of the past 50 years. Along with his incredible band, he created two great music genres. No one can even come close to the contribution he has made to American music.

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    Baby please don't go.......

    RIP Godfather of Soul

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    Papa got a brand new Bag. I just saw him this weekend at the toy giveaway here in Augusta. Love him or hate him, he was one of catalysts for music as we know it. I can still remember him DJing on the radio here..."Ha this is Jaaaaames Brown WRDW Augusta Gawga" RIP

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    The man certainly made his mark.

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    The man contributed a lot. RIP Mr. B.
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    The man demanded perfection from his band at al times..

    to Go on Christmas....

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    Some of the first records that I bought as a kid were James Brown. "Please, Please, Please", "Night Train", Prisoner of Love", "I got You", "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" are all in my collection. RIP JB, thanks for everything you did for R&B music!!!
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    RIP James Brown.

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    Sad news indeed.

    He died of congestive heart failure.

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/SHOWBIZ/Musi...own/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Early B.
    James Brown was, by far, the most influential entertainer of the past 50 years. RIP.

    Debatable, but.....














    I won't be the one to do the debating. Huge talent and presense. Not always on the right side of morality OR the law but what an influence.

    We'll miss you James and the world will be just a little bit less hip. RIP

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    DAM son you are like CNN...his style of singing was something just don't know what? RIP ...
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    Definitely another great one gone...........
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    R.I.P. James.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tour2ma
    Damn... May the originator of "the one" RIP...

    Live at the Apollo is a classic.
    Hearing him gradually win over that crowd in almost a church revival fashion is one of the most pleasurable experiences in audio. Hearing a single high-pitched scream and swoon, followed by the laughter of the crowd -- the restraint and release of the whole experience -- is nothing short of perfection.

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    Here's his official site:
    http://www.godfatherofsoul.com/man/

    He held on to the rights to his songs until a few years ago. Sold the rights for $80 million. Papa needed a Big bag.

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    One of the "true legends" in music. I was saddened to hear of his passing. The man could get a groove on like no one else. Absolutely astounding the funk and soul he created. He certainly had is troubles over the course of his life but that never ever detracted from his contributions. I don't believe until very recently he got proper recognition for the tremendous contributions he made to modern music.

    I just saw him on the U.K. Hall of Fame induction ceremony and he tore it up!

    RIP.

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    I love the fact that he would fine his horn section for a dropped note.
    As loose as it all seemed, it was stunning perfection in its execution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeaudio26
    DAM son you are like CNN...his style of singing was something just don't know what? RIP ...

    hell no.. i beat CNN with this news. :p

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    It's ironic that I made a new compliation disc for the car and until now I had never put any JB on any of them. Just last week I added "Sex Machine" and "I Got You" to my arsenal of car tunes. Caught myself just last week jumping and bouncing a bit in the car when these tunes were playing :)......and now he's gone :( .

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    HOT PANTS!!! Nice write up DB. . . I've always loved JB. . . RIP Brother>

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    To anyone in love with his funk standards, you owe it to yourself to check out his earlier R&B offerings (which I always felt a greater affinity towards)

    Try Me and Please, Please, Please come to mind

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    I own and highly recommend

    "Live at the Apollo"
    "Star Time" box set
    "20 All-Time Greatest Hits" Polydor version

    Live at the Apollo is a must have/desert island selection, and the other 2 give a good representation of his career, especially the 4-cd "Star Time" set.

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    We have a life size bronze statue of him at the downtown Riverwalk in Augusta. He believed in helping the local children and every year gave out turkeys at Thanksgiving and toys to the kids at Christmas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Polkersince85
    We have a life size bronze statue of him at the downtown Riverwalk in Augusta. He believed in helping the local children and every year gave out turkeys at Thanksgiving and toys to the kids at Christmas.
    Yeah, a true humanitarian. Just ask his ex-wife.
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