25 Dec 2006

Sad News on Christmas Day
James Brown
Brown won a lifetime achievement award at the Grammys in 1992
Original Source The BBC

Soul star James Brown dies at 73
Singer James Brown, known as the "Godfather of Soul", has died at the age of 73, his agent has said.

He had been admitted to hospital in Atlanta to be treated for pneumonia but died at 0145 local time (0645 GMT), said Frank Copsidas.

The star was famous for hits including I Got You (I Feel Good), Papa's Got a Brand New Bag and Living in America.

The cause of Brown's death remained unclear at this stage, Mr Copsidas told the Associated Press.

Gospel roots

Brown was born in 1933 in South Carolina.

He joined a gospel group as a young man after his release from jail for trying to steal a car.

He had his first hit on the US rhythm and blues chart, Please Please Please, in 1956.

Brown had 94 hits on Billboard's mainstream Hot 100 in the US, according to his official website, and by the end of his career, he had a total repertoire of 800 songs.

However, he achieved only one top 10 single in the UK.

This was Living in America, from the soundtrack of the Sylvester Stallone film Rocky IV, which reached number five in 1986.

He was credited with spreading the popularity of funk around the world, influencing a new generation of black music which spawned rap and hip-hop.

Brown appeared in London in October as part of the BBC's Electric Proms line-up.

And last month he played at a ceremony which saw his induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame.

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