Tuesday, December 26, 2006

"Godfather of Soul" Dies

In the entertainment world, one message of a person's importance and influence is the number of nicknames he accumulates. "The Godfather of Soul" and "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business" are just two of the epithets coined to describe James Brown, the dynamic soul singer perhaps better known for his energetic on stage antics, especially after Eddy Murphy's dead on imitation of him on Saturday Night Live back in the 1980's when Murphy was still funny, than for his singing. He certainly didn't move like a 73 year old man, which is what he was when he died yesterday in Atlanta.
His energy was infectious. It's hard for me to hear a James Brown song and remain seated, or even standing still. You've just got to dance and shout along with him. "HEH! I feel GOOD!"
Although James Brown is gone, he will continue, through the music he left behind, to make people "feel GOOD" for a long time to come.

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