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Died On This Date (December 25, 2006) James Brown / The Godfather Of Soul

Posted by themusicsover on December 25, 2009

James Brown
May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006

Photo By Bryan Bedder

James Brown was an R&B performer like no other.  So much so, that he earned the honor of having three equally fitting nicknames over the course of his career: The Godfather of Soul, Soul Brother Number One, Mr. Dynamite, and The Hardest Working Man In Show Business.  Brown had a childhood that most either wouldn’t survive, would live on the streets or end up in prison.  Brown ended up doing the two latter.  At 16, he ended up imprisoned for armed robbery.  While incarcerated, he sang and danced to entertain the guards and fellow inmates.  In 1952, a young R&B performer by the name of Bobby Byrd happened upon Brown’s “act” while playing in a softball game against the inmates.  Byrd was so impressed by Brown, that he helped arrange for his early parole and guided his career over the next twenty years.  Over the course of his career, Brown not only released a staggering amount of hit records – the most R&B charting than anyone else in history – but also delivered one of popular music’s most dynamic concert experiences.  His influence is undeniable…Prince, Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson and M.C. Hammer are but a few that learned a thing or two from Brown.  Records like “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” “Cold Sweat,” “I Got You, (I Feel Good),” and “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine” are still played regularly on radio and at parties and generally never fail to fill up the dance floor.  On December 25, 2006, James Brown died of congestive heart failure brought on by pneumonia.  Not one to ever complain if he was ill – and oftentimes performed when he was – Brown’s death came as a shock to those who knew him.  Even at 73, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business had concerts lined up in the following weeks.

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8 Responses to “Died On This Date (December 25, 2006) James Brown / The Godfather Of Soul”

  1. paris said

    james brown we may not know u but we might have known that u were the best singer and micheal jackson u inspired mj to sing thank u. we know tht u are resting in peace because we can see u smile. keep smiling wherever u are and micheal jackson.

  2. falaysia said

    that doesnt even look like him he looks like a totally different person

  3. david said

    he is real its him just leave him alone and led him R.I.P.

  4. THE MAN KNOWN AS JAMES BROWN WILL LIVE FOREVER IN MY MEMORIES AND MY HEART. I GREW UP LISTENING TO HIS MUSIC AND DANCING HIS DANCES. ON THE DAY OF HIS DEATH I CRIED LIKE HE WAS A FAMILY MEMBER, AND IN A LOT OF WAYS HE WAS. ” BACK IN THE DAY” IF YOU COULDNT “JAMES BROWN” THEN YOU COULDNT DANCE! GOD BLESS YOU J.B. REST IN PEACE.

  5. xedder said

    James Brown: The Godfather of Soul. I want to thank God for your life and the talent that you were blessed with. Thank you for entertaining me and millions of others with your music. You have been, and will continue to be missed by those of us who are old enough to remember the struggles of the 1950’s and 60’s. You were an inspiration to us all, black or white, and through your music, we thrived. Thank you Mr. Brown!!!

  6. neville said

    wowwwwww scaryyy lookin ohh yahh im not an adult im 13

  7. I’ve Been A Die Hard James Brown Fan Since I Was A Small Child Comming Up The First Time That I’ve Seen The Godfather Of Soul In Person At The Howard Theatre In My Hometown Of Washington, D.C. I Was Completly Blown Away Sliding Across The Stage On One Foot I’ve Not Been The Same Since The 2nd Time I’ve Seen In Person He Not One But 3 Apearances At The End Of The Show The Stobe Lights Are Blinking And I Was Like What I Have Several Favorite Tune’s Like Let Yourself Go Papa Don’t Take No Mess Please Please Please And Get Up Get Into It Get Involed Indeed So But James Brown’s Music And His Legecy Will Live On Forever JB Rest In Peace We’ll See You In That Great Getting Up Morning

  8. Dec 25th 2006 I received a call from James Brown – BEFORE I found out 30 minutes later on MSN that he passed away – video on the way; never released until now..

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