CNN reports: RIP James Brown

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edited April 2016 in Off Topic (NRR) headline only, manager confirms, no story in peace.



    headline only, manager confirms, no story yet.

    rest in peace.


  • Big_ChanBig_Chan 5,088 Posts
    AWWW HELL NO!!!!!!!!!! The Godfather can't leave us yet. I just saw him on CNN a couple of days ago handing out toys to kids in Agusta, GA. How did he get so sick so fast?

  • djsheepdjsheep 3,640 Posts
    DAMN! thats sad news. Glad I caught him about this time last year in Australia...


  • dayday 9,612 Posts
    man. that is................ just... I feel like someone punched me in the stomach.

  • motown67motown67 4,513 Posts
    If true, this is a really sad, sad day in music. R.I.P.

  • djsheepdjsheep 3,640 Posts
    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.

    "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."

    He won a Grammy award for lifetime achievement in 1992, as well as
    Grammys in 1965 for "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (best R&B recording) and for "Living In America" in 1987 (best R&B vocal performance, male.) He was one of the initial artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, along with Presley,
    Chuck Berry and other founding fathers.

    He triumphed despite an often unhappy personal life. Brown, who lived in Beech Island near the Georgia line, spent more than two years in a South Carolina prison for aggravated assault and failing to stop for a police officer. After his release on in 1991, Brown said he wanted to "try to straighten out" rock music.

    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.

    Brown's work has been replayed by the Fat Boys, Ice-T, Public Enemy and a host of other rappers. "The music out there is only as good as my last record," Brown joked in a 1989 interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

    "Disco is James Brown, hip-hop is James Brown, rap is James Brown; you know what I'm saying? You hear all the rappers, 90 percent of their music is me," he told the AP in 2003.

    Born in poverty in Barnwell, S.C., in 1933, he was abandoned as a 4-year-old to the care of relatives and friends and grew up on the streets of Augusta, Ga., in an "ill-repute area," as he once called it. There he learned to wheel and deal.

    "I wanted to be somebody," Brown said.

    By the eighth grade in 1949, Brown had served 3 1/2 years in Alto Reform School near Toccoa, Ga., for breaking into cars.

    While there, he met Bobby Byrd, whose family took Brown into their home. Byrd also took Brown into his group, the Gospel Starlighters. Soon they changed their name to the Famous Flames and their style to hard R&B.

    In January 1956, King Records of Cincinnati signed the group, and four months later "Please, Please, Please" was in the R&B Top Ten.

    While most of Brown's life was glitz and glitter, he was plagued with charges of abusing drugs and alcohol and of hitting his third wife, Adrienne.

    In September 1988, Brown, high on PCP and carrying a shotgun, entered an insurance seminar next to his Augusta office. Police said he asked seminar participants if they were using his private restroom.

    Police chased Brown for a half-hour from Augusta into South Carolina and back to Georgia. The chase ended when police shot out the tires of his truck.

    Brown received a six-year prison sentence. He spent 15 months in a South Carolina prison and 10 months in a work release program before being paroled in February 1991. In 2003, the South Carolina parole board granted him a pardon for his crimes in that state.

    Soon after his release, Brown was on stage again with an audience that included millions of cable television viewers nationwide who watched the three-hour, pay-per-view concert at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.

    Adrienne Brown died in 1996 in Los Angeles at age 47. She took PCP and several prescription drugs while she had a bad heart and was weak from cosmetic surgery two days earlier, the coroner said.

    More recently, he married his fourth wife, Tomi Raye Hynie, one of his backup singers. The couple had a son, James Jr.

    Two years later, Brown spent a week in a private Columbia hospital, recovering from what his agent said was dependency on painkillers. Brown's attorney, Albert "Buddy" Dallas, said singer was exhausted from six years of road shows.

  • i'm shocked...watching CNN right now

  • dayday 9,612 Posts

  • Big_StacksBig_Stacks "I don't worry about hittin' power, cause I don't give 'em nuttin' to hit." 4,670 Posts
    This is a tremendous loss to the music world. James Brown was one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived. I'll be blasting his joints all day today to pay homage to a true music pioneer and innovator. R.I.P:

    -The World's Greatest Enterrainer.
    -The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.
    -Mr. Dynamite.
    -The Godfather of Soul.



    Big Stacks from Kakalak

  • RIP JB

  • oripsorips 238 Posts
    I now regret not seeing him in concert when he came up to Canada. RIP. Thanks for being funky 'till the very end.

  • fuck. just fuck. about to pour one out. z"l....

  • bozakbozak 334 Posts
    wow. what a dreadfull surprise.


    thanks for the music JB

  • Damn. Tragic loss. Never thought this news would come around. RIP JB.

  • cascas 1,484 Posts
    wow...73 is too young to go, right?

  • deejdeej 5,125 Posts


  • SIRUSSIRUS 2,554 Posts
    fuck man. i know i'll be listening to nothing but jb today. damn.....

  • AserAser 2,351 Posts
    I was planning on seeing him in two weeks, alas it was not meant to be.

    rip to a dude that surely opened the floodgates of our record nerdom.

  • kicks79kicks79 1,320 Posts
    Shit man on christmas day as well. Rip to the Godfather.

  • hardest working s.o.b. around

    love you JB

  • Big_StacksBig_Stacks "I don't worry about hittin' power, cause I don't give 'em nuttin' to hit." 4,670 Posts
    JB was one man I thought was indestructible (Johnny Cash was another along with George Clinton, Keith Richards, and David Crosby as current die-hards). Yet, Jim Fixx died in middle-age from a heart attack. JB lived hard but kept on tickin' for decades. He worked up until his death. That's heavy, man!


    Big Stacks from Kakalak

  • pjl2000xlpjl2000xl 1,795 Posts
    damn thats real sad. My dj partner actually needs me to cover a gig this saturday because he was going to see james in jerz. RIP to the godfather of soul.

  • SwayzeSwayze 14,705 Posts
    Man, you never think it's actually going to happen. RIP to the greatest.

  • asprinasprin 1,765 Posts
    This is sad sad news. RIP to the Godfather of Soul. His music will surely keep living on.

  • RIP

  • RIP

  • Rest In Peace Godfather

    What awful news to hear, will be remembering James and his legacy of music this Christmas.

  • GuzzoGuzzo 8,611 Posts
    RIP to the Godfather of Soul. His music will surely keep living on.

    he lived a couple lifetimes in his seventy-three years on earth.

    His legacy will never die

  • roistoroisto 869 Posts
    RIP to the Godfather of Soul. His music will surely keep living on.

  • SPlDEYSPlDEY Vegas 3,360 Posts
    Rest in peace to the godfather of soul may your funk legacy last well beyond you.

    - spidey
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