James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, died Dec. 25 of heart failure brought on by pneumonia. Sadly, the Hardest-Working Man in Show Biz is no more.
Friends of mine were at the Apollo Theatre in New York the day after the viewing there; I was in LA and watched to proceedings on TV. The funeral received huge press coverage, rivalled only by the funeral of former President Gerald Ford.
With a career spanning decades that included countless hits, Brown's music influenced many different musicians and genres. His 1962 album Live at the Apollo is still considered to be one of the best live albums ever made, and his 'Funky Drummer' hip hop's one of the most widely sampled pieces.
Brown was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1992 was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Grammy.
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