GODFATHER OF SOUL DIES AFTER BATTLE WITH PNEUMONIA!

LEGENDARY SINGER GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!

James Brown, the singer known as the “Godfather of Soul,” died in an Atlanta hospital at age 73, Associated Press said, citing his agent, Frank Copsidas.
Brown, whose hits included “Living in America” and “Get Up Offa That Thing” was in the Emory Crawford Long Hospital with pneumonia and died at 1:45 a.m. local time, AP said.Brown influenced the direction of black music from the 1960s with a fusion of gospel and rhythm & blues, according to his Web site. He had 114 entries on Billboard’s R&B singles charts and 17 number ones on the Hot 100 singles charts, it said.
Brown was born in South Carolina during the Great Depression, picking cotton and shining shoes as a child, the Web site said. Sent to reform school at 16, he met Bobby Byrd, a gospel group leader who gave Brown his start. They switched to blues after hearing Hank Ballard and Fats Domino, according to the Web site.
“Live at the Apollo,” which Brown put up his own money to record from a 1962 performance, became No. 2 on Billboard’s album chart. His first Top 10 pop single was the 1965 “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.”
Brown received a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 1992.