James Brown has passed away at age 73. You can read the AP obituary here. Also, check out this great Rolling Stone story from earlier this year.
What a freakin’ downer. It’s clichéd to say it, but there will never be another one like him.
He had the moves way before Michael Jackson hit a stage:
Was he a flawed human being? Sure. But his gifts as a performer and as a musical creator are unparalleled. He essentially remade R&B. So whatever sins you want to criticize him for, be my guest. He still remains a giant as an artist.
I hope the Redcoat Band brings back “Dooley’s Junkyard Dawgs” in tribute to him at the CFA Bowl.
I remember how he used to close out his show – they’d drape the cape around him and start to lead him off stage. At the last minute, he’d tear himself loose and race back to the microphone to the screams of the audience and keep going.
I guess he’s been led off the stage for the last time…