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    Default James Brown, Godfather of Soul...RIP

    RIP, Godfather, you will be missed...

    ATLANTA - James Brown, the legendary singer known as the "Godfather of Soul," has died, his agent said early Monday. He was 73.

    Brown was hospitalized with pneumonia on Sunday at Emory Crawford Long Hospital 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," 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.
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    I feel........bad

    Santa's brand new bag just won't be quite as full without the Godfather of Soul. Nor will the world in general.

    May the "hardest working man in show business" rest in peace
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    Well that news is going to give everyone something to talk about around the dinner table. Sad news.
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    Oh, man... This is the first I've read of this. Very, very sad to see him go. Looks like I'll be spending some time this Christmas listening to James Brown.

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    Very sad
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    Bobby Byrd: "What you gonna play now?"

    James Brown: "Bobby, I don't know. But what's it ever I play, it's gots to be funky!" - Make It Funky (Part 1)

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    This really sucks man..
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    that just sucks
    I used to wonder why he was grinning all the time(Michael Ian Black talkin about EVH on VH1 I love the 80's) but then i realized the reason he's grinning is because he's Eddie F*#king Van Halen

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    That's very sad to hear about, especially on Christmas day.

    I think Dave once said he patented his scream from the likes of James Brown!

    R.I.P JB...
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    RIP James Brown. He had a concert here next month in our little city. I was going to surprise my wife with tickets.

    Let's all dance and shout like the godfather. "I gotta you, owww!"
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    I briefly met James Brown and Larry Bud Melman on Spring Break '86 in Daytona. RIP.

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    This is not good news for Xmas.

    RIP Godfather.
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    First thing I heard when I got up this morning. Bit of a shocker. Totally unexpected. They showed some video of him on Friday and he looked quite well. A true musical legend - one of the many artists, Diamond Dave borrowed from. I know we all gotta go but it's a little depressing when so many of pop icons I grew up with are passing on. RIP JB.

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    Total bummer.

    What's even more sad is that, one day, "artists" such as Britney Spears, Ashlee Simpson, et al, will have obits written like JB's, making their "contribution" to music more than it actualy was.
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    My parents were talking about James Brown last night, they got tickets to see him live January 6th. They were excited about it, since they never saw him live, and now they never will.

    I screamed when I saw he died when I logged on the internet.

    R.I.P James.
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