While others are in the Christmas spirit. the family, friends and fans of legendary soul singer James Brown are mourning his death.
On Sunday, James Brown was hospitalized with pneumonia at Emory Crawford Long Hospital and died of conjunctive heart failure around 1:45 a.m. Christmas morning said his agent, Frank Copsidas of Intrigue Music.
Before his death James Brown had his heart set on performing on stage New Year’s Eve in New York at B.B. King Blues Club, but apparently there were other plans in store for him.
“He was an innovator, he was an emancipator, he was an originator. Rap music, all that stuff came from James Brown,” entertainer Little Richard, a longtime friend of Brown’s, told MSNBC.
“James Brown changed music,” said Rev. Al Sharpton who’s known for touring with him in the 70’s and mimicking his hairstyle.
“He made soul music a world music,” Sharpton said. “What James Brown was to music in terms of soul and hip-hop, rap, all of that, is what Bach was to classical music. This is a guy who literally changed the music industry. He put everybody on a different beat, a different style of music. He pioneered it.”
James Brown is known worldwide for his songs such as “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”, “I Got The Feelin'”, “Play That Funky Music White Boy” and “Get Up Offa That Thing.” James Brown is also known for given back to the community, just three days before his death, he joined volunteers at his annual toy giveaway in Augusta, GA.
Rev. Jesse Jackson who had been a close friend of James Brown since the early 50’s stated that Brown was dramatic to the end, dying on Christmas Day and that the he would have it no other way being all over the news, all over the world.