Monday, December 25, 2006

James Brown, RIP

Soul legend James Brown has died in Atlanta, Georgia at the age of 73.
The singer was admitted to the city's Emory Crawford Long Hospital
yesterday suffering from pneumonia and passed away this morning at 1.45 am
(local time) with his longterm friend Charles Bobbit at his bedside.
Brown's agent Frank Copsidas announced the death, but revealed the cause
is still unknown.
Dubbed the 'Godfather of Soul', Brown enjoyed a hugely successful music
career spanning more than five decades. He recorded 50 albums and scored an
astonishing 119 hits in the US charts.
His hits included Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like A) Sex Machine, Papa's
Got A Brand New Bag and Please, Please, Please.
I am so glad I had the opportunity to photograph James Brown The first time was 3 years ago when he was 70 years old. He just blew me away. 70 years old and he moved like a 25 year old. What made it more special was that this performance was in Harlem, a part of NYC that James Brown loved and the part of NYC that is now my home. I also got to photograph him last year when he made a surprise appearance during a Black Eyed Peas concert at Madison Square Garden.
RIP James Brown. The music world lost a great one.