For seemingly only a moment, It was a man’s world. The legendary James Brown, not only the true and verified Godfather of Soul™ but also the Progenitor of Funk, Disco, and Rap – and not a bad dancer either – died very early this morning of pneumonia at the Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. He was 73. He inspired and influenced every musician who saw or heard him. Every single one. Even his mug shot inspired future miscreats. “He was an innovator, he was an emancipator, he was an originator. Rap music, all that stuff came from James Brown,” said his friend Little Richard, in a rare moment of giving credit to another performer. (Read this)
Brown was one of the major musical influences of the past 50 years. From Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson, David Bowie to Public Enemy, Brown’s rapid-footed dancing, hard-charging beats and heartfelt yet often unintelligible vocals changed the musical landscape. He was to rhythm and dance music what Bob Dylan was to lyrics.