James Brown Dies at age of 73….
The dynamic “Godfather of Soul” James Brown died early Christmas morning at the age of 73. It is said that he was ill in the hospital suffering from the deadly illness of pneumonia. Along with many of revolutionary artists Brown was definately a major musicl influence and will forever live on. His insane foot work clearly inspired those like Michael Jackson, Prince and Mick Jagger…Brown, who lived in Beech Island near the Georgia line, spent more than two years in a South Carolina prison for aggravated assault and failing to stop for a police officer. After his release on in 1991, Brown said he wanted to “try to straighten out” rock music. From the 1950s, when Brown had his first R&B hit, “Please, Please, Please” in 1956, through the mid-1970s, Brown went on a frenzy of cross-country tours, concerts and new songs. In 1986, he was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And many rap stars of recent years have borrowed his lyrics with a digital technique called sampling.
In September 1988, Brown, high on PCP and carrying a shotgun, entered an insurance seminar next to his Augusta office. Police said he asked seminar participants if they were using his private restroom. Police chased Brown for a half-hour from Augusta into South Carolina and back to Georgia. The chase ended when police shot out the tires of his truck.Brown received a six-year prison sentence. He spent 15 months in a South Carolina prison and 10 months in a work release program before being paroled in February 1991. In 2003, the South Carolina parole board granted him a pardon for his crimes in that state. Soon after his release, Brown was on stage again with an audience that included millions of cable television viewers nationwide who watched the three-hour, pay-per-view concert at Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles.
Clearly this man was one who was looked up to no matter what he did, which is something not all artists can say. His fans never seemed to turn a cheek to the Soul man. James Brown is a legend, and will never be forgotten.