Wow...what a way to start the day in hearing the news that The Godfather of Soul James Brown had passed away early this morning. Here's part of the story I retrieved from www.cnn.com check it out:
James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul", whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco died early today, his agent said.
He was 73.
Brown was hospitalized in Atlanta with pneumonia on Sunday his agent said. Brown's family was being notified of his death and the cause was still uncertain. "We really don't know what he died of" said his agent Frank Copsidas.
Brown was known as "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business". His career spanned 50 years. "James presented obviously the best grooves," rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy told the Associated Press. "To this day, there has been no one near as funky. No one's coming 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)", Say it loud -- I'm Black and I'm Proud", a landmark 1968 statement of racial pride and "The Big Payback".
He was one of the initial artist inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 along with Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and other founding fathers.
James Brown leaves his fourth wife, Tomi Raye Hynie, one of his background singers. The couple had a son, James Jr.
This brother Man was the real deal and he will be sorely missed. One of my favorite songs is "Say It Loud -- I'm Black and I'm Proud"....I think I'll go play it right now.
THE MAN: SOUL BROTHER #1 THE GODFATHER OF SOUL JAMES BROWN DEAD AT 73.
REST IN PEACE BROTHER GODFATHER.....
REST IN PEACE.....