Monday, December 25, 2006
James Brown 1933-2006
This is NOT the way any of us wanted to begin Christmas morning.
The Godfather of Soul left us, stunningly, at 1:45 this morning at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta after entering earlier yesterday with pneumonia.
His effect on the world of music is immeasurable, he wasn't just the Godfather of soul, he was the father of Hip-Hop, in my opinion. He took risks other entertainers never dared, his music took popular music where it had never been before.
Compare the songs he put out in the mid-60s to the Motown hits of the '60s and you'll see what I mean, they always went further and had that EDGE to them.
This is somewhat incoherent, I know, but this is a big one, folks; music will never be the same again.