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James Brown Dies at 73

Posted: December 26th, 2006 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
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James Brown, who "made soul music a world music" in a hard-driving career that influenced generations of musicians from rock to rap, died Christmas morning at the age of 73.

The pompadoured dynamo whose classic singles include "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)" had been hospitalized over the weekend for treatment of pneumonia at Emory Crawford Long Hospital. He died there early Monday of heart failure, said his agent, Frank Copsidas of Intrigue Music.

The entertainer with the rough-edged voice and flashy footwork also had diabetes and prostate cancer that was in remission, but he initially seemed fine at the hospital. Three days before his death, he had joined volunteers at his annual toy giveaway in Augusta, and he told friends he planned to be in New York for a New Year's Eve performance.

"Last night, he said 'I'm going to be there. I'm the hardest working man in show business,'" Copsidas said Monday.

He was one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and other founding fathers. He even had a brief but memorable role on the big screen as a manic preacher in the 1980's movie "The Blues Brothers."

Brown is survived by his fourth wife, Tomi Raye Hynie, one of his backup singers, and at least four children - two daughters and sons Daryl and James Brown III, Copsidas said. Memorial plans were incomplete.

Source: Forbes.com


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