Legendary Soul Singer JAMES BROWN Dies
James Brown, legendary soul singer and songwriter has died today (December 25) at the age of 73 after being admitted to the Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta suffering with pneumonia.
His agent Frank Copsidas confirmed that he had died at 1.45am local time Legendary Soul singer, James Brown died overnight.
One of the greatest tributes to James Brown's legacy was his single handed mission to end the rioting that occurred across America afer the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King on April 4, 1968. In the days following the murder of Dr. King, James Brown went from city to city trying to quell the rioting that was occuring in America's black ghettos. Here is an excerpt from an 1968 editorial that appeared in Billboard Magazine:
Hail, James Brown
Billboard Magazine Editorial
April 27, 1968
Amid the looting and rioting in Washington., Brown came to the people and told a live television audience, "Get off the streets. Go home. Nothing can be gained by looting and burning, only sorrow and misery." A few hours later, those who were not at home to see Brown make an appeal, were at home watching the continuous rebroadcast of Brown’s plea. Washington and the rioters withdrew into their homes taking the advice of James Brown, who is not a politician but a singer. Brown went to Washington at his own expense just as he went to Boston and other riot torn cities...
James Brown was to play Regina on January 8th and I have tickets to a show that will not occur now.
News Update - Dec. 26th
James Brown Biography