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Rest In Peace James Brown, The Godfather of Soul

Hey folks. Quint here, early Christmas morning with a downer of a story. I'm very sorry to have to post this at the height of the festive holiday, but James Brown died this morning. They haven't released the details of his death, but he was hospitalized recently with a severe case of pneumonia. I was never lucky enough to see James Brown perform, but I know many people who did and to the person they said he more than lived up to his "hardest working man in showbusiness" legend. My first exposure to him was, of course, his music. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, I Got You (I Feel Good), Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud and The Payback all were heard regularly by me growing up. I was an Oldies station listener as a kid. I was exposed to all types of 50s and 60s music, from the surf sound to MoTown and everything inbetween. Of course I saw James Brown in THE BLUES BROTHER, the scene where he leads the church in song (The Old Landmark) and shows John Belushi the light always made me smile. Maybe it was all the magical flying church goers or Brown belting from the depths of his soul or a combination of the two. Over the years I've enjoyed him popping up in films, playing himself. My favorite of these appearances is in UNDERCOVER BROTHER. He obviously had a wicked sense of humor and you could tell he was having a lot of fun letting things hang down. Brown contributed his music talent, with Fred Wesley, to the scores of two 70s blaxploitation flicks, BLACK CAESAR, starring Fred Williamson and SLAUGHTER'S BIG RIP-OFF, starring Jim Brown. James Brown was an icon in every sense of the word. My thoughts this Christmas will be with his friends, family and fans.

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  • Dec. 25, 2006, 3:57 a.m. CST

    Oh NO!

    by Mace Tofu

    This just harshed my Sly talkback buzz : (

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4 a.m. CST

    2006: The Year the Stars Died

    by Mike_D

    how depressing, jeesh!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Sad news...

    by SenseiJJ

    I heard he was in the hospital. I still didn't expect this. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest singers. I hope there will be some sort of tribute concert or something like that. He deserves to be remembered publicly in a big way for all the influence he had on music.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:10 a.m. CST

    This sucks...

    by TokyoZ

    I shall watch the blues brothers in his honor, and dig on some straight funk soul!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:20 a.m. CST


    by DOGSOUP

    We could all only WISH we lived such an amazing and influential life as he did. 75 is too young for a legend like this. 95 I would have said "Oh, well he lived a good long life and shit...he was James Fucking Brown. " No he had many years worth of funny movie cameos, embarrassing mug shots, sordid tell aalls, and most importantly, energetic and awesome live concerts left in him. Or not. Shit this sucks.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Do you see the light?!?!

    by Flim_

    Jesus tap-dancing Christ! I see the light!!<br>Rest in peace, soul man.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:26 a.m. CST

    Sorry for the Copy And Paste

    by proper

    But I have to just for the clips alone.......That man was pretty much responsible for everything we hear in one way or another,a real pioneer,It's too easy to link the youtube clip of him high so I've kept it seasonal ......Funky Robot Clip (I've waited 20 years to see this clip again) ....In His Prime.........http://tinyurl.c om/y8rrar........Have a good day everybody

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:27 a.m. CST


    by King_Knut

    That is some antidote to Christmas. RIP the Sex Machine.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Black Caesar score kicked ass

    by hiperaktiv

    RIP James Brown. A true musical legend.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:45 a.m. CST

    GOD DAMN IT !!!!

    by kmw4121

    god bless you james you gave the world so much pleasure i hope you are now entertaing the crowds in heaven!!!! thats just made this Christmas day all that bit less special !!!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:50 a.m. CST

    Get-Up AH!

    by MaulRat

    get on up.... RIP Godfather. Everything that man did was gold... and he sold it with every note, step and movement... You were the man sir.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Saw JB at the V98 festival in Leeds!

    by Teamwak

    Classic act. Full funky stage show. Loved it. The man had better moves in his 60's then many youngsters. Ruled in the Blues Brothers too. <p> RIP Godfather

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Rick Moorehouse must be HELLA bummed

    by pcxl84

    Rick and Terry should go hold a vigil at the cave tonight. Buddy can drive. ..but if Greg Tolan shows up: bummer.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:02 a.m. CST

    R.I.P for a Legend

    by Pyromaniacjunkie

    i was lucky enough to see him perform at glastonbury in the uk a few years back and he was a great performer, true class act, rest in peace james brown

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Let us not forget

    by Crackerman

    How cool his music made movies, my favourate being 'the boss' in lock stock and 2 smoking barrells...also he was in Rocky IV and performed superbly in the blues brothers

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:10 a.m. CST

    you gotta be fuckin´ kidding

    by CuervoJones

    James Brown can´t die. I don´t believe this crap.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:09 a.m. CST

    damn, dude....

    by the_shogun_gunslinger

    seems everytime i come on here another legend has died :( he was a true looking at one of those jivey singing and dancing dolls they made of him a few years back....sigh...godspeed godfather

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:31 a.m. CST

    Jesus christ, Peter Boyle now James Brown...

    by Ridge

    Loved both these guys to absolute bits. Like a fine wine, they just got better with age. This truly was a sad christmas. :(

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:57 a.m. CST

    Godfather of soul

    by Soma Imp

    JB dies, while Nickelback lives. What fucking gives. Was lucky enough to catch the man live in concert 2004. He was a mean, drug takin, booze swillin, wife beatin sonofabitch, but he was also the funkiest man alive. Rest easy man.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 6:02 a.m. CST

    im safe in the knowledge

    by visitor_q

    that as long as people drink booze, take drugs, beat women and attack anyone that moves with a gun, his spirit shall live on!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 6:07 a.m. CST

    RIP Papa...

    by FilmFanatik

    Love James Brown. Always have. His music is the funkiest music ever and I love all of it. Thanks for all the great music James, rest in peace.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 6:13 a.m. CST

    That was quick,

    by emeraldboy

    The last time I saw James brown was on the UK music hall of fame awards show last month and he was fucking amazing in that he was 71 and he could still dance but in a limited way. IN the 1980s and 1990s I had concert going phase. One of the acts I saw was james Brown. Wow. He really was the black elvis. Here is interesting fact. I always wondereed why during performances He would flash his hands. one of his band members said that if they missed a note during a gig he would fine them and the hand flash was his way of letting them know. He had been unwell for some time I gather and a couple of years ago he got cancer. I am not suprised. My grandmother was well into her 90s when she died and that was so sudden unlike my mother who got secondary and ultimatley terminal cancer. Still death when it happens is quick and rapid. The legacy he leaves behind will no doubt he mangled by the talentless new RNB crowd. God From someone who james brown, thank you sir.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 6:14 a.m. CST


    by suxxor firster

    I didn't read the headline or the article. I just wanted to be first for once!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Long live the Godfather..

    by dplatt

    Man, this sucks, but at least I got to see him play. He was pushing 70, and he'd obviously slowed down quite a bit, Yes, his personal life was hardly immaculate, but he was still the funkiest man in the world. My favourite story is that he was about his appearance on the T.A.M.I Show, a concert movie from the mid 60s, in which he so thoroughly wrecked the crowd that the Rolling Stones didn't want to follow him.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 6:52 a.m. CST

    Oh, my God.

    by 24200124

    This sucks, to have to be slapped in the face with this on this Christmas morning. We were all a little more funky because of this man, and I'm grateful for it. Modern AND classic hip-hop, as it stands, owed this man a huge debt, as do we all. Make sure those motherfuckers in heaven put on their boogie shoes...

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 8:04 a.m. CST


    by Frye666

    RIP Mr. Brown

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 8:15 a.m. CST

    RIP Godfather...

    by MissionMan8

    You'll be missed.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 8:20 a.m. CST

    "I Feel Dead"....

    by Rupee88

    Sorry, it was too easy but I felt genuinely bad when reading that this morning. For those of us who like R&B artists like Prince, Lenny Kravitz, etc, JB was the beginning of it all...same for hip/hop rap too...I guess he lived a long life, but it's still a bummer.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Rest in peace james brown

    by knifeandfork

    The fact that he's known as the "godfather of soul" says more than anything i could write in this comment box. Rest in peace man , youll always be rembered.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Please, Please, Please...

    by k88dad

    ...tell me it isn't so. Please don't go. Godspeed, Godfather. The Godfather is gone, long live the Queen.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 8:53 a.m. CST

    I saw him in Cleveland

    by Uncle Stan

    He was touring after his Rocky stint. One of the two best shows I ever saw (the other being Sammy Davis).

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Say it loud! I'm dead and I'm proud!

    by J-Dizzle

    You have every reason to be proud Mr Brown. RIP.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Just saw him at the Hollywood Bowl in Sept.

    by Russman

    Man this is sad. Rest in Peace James. If you guys have never seen old footage of him performing in the 50s and 60s you'll see where Michael Jackson got some of his moves. Honestly, if you've never seen him and have a chance to watch an old performance, rent a DVD/Tape or watch one of the specials that will air in the next few days. He was amazing.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 9:16 a.m. CST

    With this news I definitely don't feel good......

    by amrisharmpit

    That is very sad news on Christmas Day. I loved JB's music. Ironically I was going to see "Rocky Balboa" today. I will be thinking of JB's performance in Rocky IV. RIP JB. You are a legend.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 9:22 a.m. CST

    I had tickets to see him next week.

    by Rolling_Stone

    So long you wife beating tax evading pill junkie. It was having to tour into your seventies to pay all those alimony payments that got you in the end. But your great music will be missed.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Thank you for...

    by LaDracul

    Not posting that embarrassing mug shot. It would not have been cool to see that when he's passed on...maybe in a week or so. Now as for Nick Nolte's, you can post that all you want.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 10:30 a.m. CST

    "For goodness sakes ...

    by Miami Mofo

    ... take a look at those cakes." Sad news indeed. R.I.P. Godfather.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by Darth Thoth

    I don't even know what to say. I really don't. Bless his soul. His life was an inspiration. His music was a joy. I think we all can learn even from his mistakes. This brother had so much funk and soul it's not even funny. God bless his soul. His funk will always live on. Thanks Mr. Brown. RIP

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 10:55 a.m. CST


    by Napolean Solo

    "Hand to hand. Across the nation..." RIP The Godfather.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    I was just listening to "The Boss" this morning

    by SoupDragon

    Sitting there enjoying his work without even realizing he was gone. RIP Mr Brown, and thank you.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    His music was incredible...

    by Don_Knotts

    but the man himself?

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Living in America...

    by emeraldboy

    When he played those gigs in Dublin, He shouted out to the crowd "Dublin, Ireland, Dublin Ireland". I heard that from childhood he was in and out of trouble and detention centres, jail and so on. Wasnt he was sued two years ago while he was ill with cancer.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Eddie Murphy eat your heart out!

    by Neil McCauleys Crew

    RIP Godfather! Hope rappers have stopped sampling you

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Black Christmas

    by Rufus_T_Firefly

    One of my true musical heroes is gone. "The CD of JB" was the very first compact disc I ever bought way back in 1985... and "Star Time" is the single greatest box set ever. For a "movie geek" touchstone of his work, some time today (if you own it) cue up Star Trek V. It's a godawful movie, but in the scene that Kirk is attacked by the "panther lady" in the desert planet bar... her screams are made up entirely of looped JB screams. Swear to Godfather.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 11:32 a.m. CST

    JB was great in the Tony Scott short BMW film

    by Marsellus

    You know, the one starring Gary Oldman as the devil. James Brown was playing himself, and we learnt he had sold his soul to Satan to be successful etc... The movie is just insane, all the actors are great (there's also Clive Owan as The Driver, and Danny Trejo!!). If you like JB and Tony Scott's movies, you GOTTA see this film, called BEAT THE DEVIL.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 11:52 a.m. CST

    The mothafuckin MAN

    by Vern

    I saw him live a couple times, he looked like some kind of bizarre alien when you really looked at him, and man he still HAD IT. I couldn't believe how he really could just yell out "SEVEN TIMES!" or "TWENTY-THREE TIMES!" and the band would hit it every time. They gotta be good at counting I guess. Or he would spin around and say "MOTHAPOPCORN!" or whatever song he just decided to do and they didn't have to think, it was like catching a ball. It was incredible.<p> That story about fining his band members, I read that he used to do that but when he first started the JBs lineup with Bootsy and them, they thought of him as a funny old man so when he would flash the sign that they were fined they would just laugh, so he had to stop doing it. (Later MC Hammer pulled the same shit with his goofy dancing troupe.)<p> Sad to see James go, I thought he had another 50 years in him. Funkiest man of all time... all the other funk legends, from George Clinton to Prince, were learning from James (or inheriting his band). Luckily his music will live on, and there's a whole hell of alot of it. RIP Godfather.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Wheres Stallones Thoughts?

    by MST3KPIMP

    Mr. Brown was in Rocky IV correct? I'm sure Sly has some warm memories of the shoot. Perhaps James taught him some steps or maybe Sly gave James some hair grease when he ran out.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 11:57 a.m. CST

    James Brown got up offa that thing

    by SpyGuy

    Rest In Peace, Godfather...Here's hoping you saw the light...

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 12:12 p.m. CST

    may he ...

    by Evil_Imp

    Have many Ho's to bitch slap in Heaven, or wherever wife beaters go after they die. R.I.P Godfather

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Wifebeater Hell just got funkier.

    by CTU Mole

    hurt me!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Time for some LA Style...

    by empyreal0

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 1:07 p.m. CST

    RIP Godfather of Soul

    by NoHubris

    Farewell to the one who put the HIT in the phrase "Hit me!"

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Damn, JB died of Xmas.

    by The Founder

    Talk about bad timing. Xmas is supposed to be a time of family gathering and love, and this happens. I'm sure he's not the only person to die on xmas, but honestly speaking this is first time in my life that i've heard of someone passsing away on xmas day. I've never given much thought about it until now. Truly sad that a legend is lost and even sadder for his family. R.I.P JAMES BROWN!!! The true Godfather, or better yet Father of SOUL!!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I love the man...

    by Aphex Twin

    But in a typical unappropriate way of thinking it suddenly reminded me of that Lords of Acid techno song....RIP dude. Your music will NEVER die.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 1:24 p.m. CST

    The Rainbow...

    by TELF

    2 years ago at The Rainbow in LA I was having birthday dinner with a friend of mine. James Brown was at the back. This being LA everyone just tried to pretend they didn't care that JAMES BROWN was eating near them. I just flat out stared. When he and his gang were done eating James led his crew out, and I couldn't help it, I just started clapping. My table joined me and soon the whole scene joined in. James, I shit you not, bowed and yelled "I feel good!" which made everyone go bananas. He then touched the birthday boy on the shoulder and slid out. He still hasn't washed that shirt. He was so awesome. Shit.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 1:40 p.m. CST

    "I Got You" is one of his worst songs

    by Barry Egan

    yet is the most popular for some weird reason. It's like "Brown Eyed Girl" and Van Morrison. There are so many great songs in the James Brown library (I even prefer Living in America) and modern day rap and hip hop simply couldn't exist without James Brown.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 1:46 p.m. CST

    TOO SOON!!!!!!

    by bouncing1

    for real, too soon. one of my musical heroes. personally the man was insane, and yes he had his bits of trouble, but dear god was a genius.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 1:54 p.m. CST

    LA Style...the modern day Nostradamus

    by Bong

    Who knew a simple cheesy dance song would predict the future RIP

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 2:13 p.m. CST

    okay, thats creepy, I just had a dream about him

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    ...last night. thats freakin' surreal. And I didn't have a radio on to hear it while I was asleep or nothing. anyway, RIP.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 2:15 p.m. CST

    I was lucky to see him perform live in Hyde Park

    by Lone Fox

    On the same bill as the Chili Peppers, few years back in London. Only reason I went to the show. Had to see him live just once. Even at 80 or whatever age he was, he still cut up the stage.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 2:19 p.m. CST

    in all fairness, if i now said Bill Clinton is DEAS!

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    i would too, be predicting the future.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Oh my God!!!

    by Captain Happy

    This is horrible! My wife & I were going to see him on New Year's Eve! You will be missed! A horrible loss!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Chow GodFather of Soul!

    by Freefinger

    You'll be missed but never forgotten...

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    It's a Man's World, but The Man ain't here no more.

    by -=Shin=-

    James Muther-fuckin' Brown; you will be missed. Thanks for all the memories and inspirations!

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 2:59 p.m. CST


    by Evil Chicken

    I just saw “The Blues Brothers” again recently. He was awesome. There’s dancing in heaven today – like never before.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Rip Jimmy

    by Toby___Wong

    Waht a mark out moment it was when Ernest Miller brought him to WCW. Nobody believed the Cat.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 3:14 p.m. CST

    i really don't want to be disrespectful to the dead

    by slappy jones

    and i do think this is sad news but how some some guys can be drunk driving wife beaters and the public forgives them and still cares about them ?I am not trying to be an asshole I am genuinely curious how some guys seem to be considered so special that people turn a blind eye to things they would condemn anyone else for.Its kind of like how freddy mercury was the gay guy it was o.k. to like to for a lot of people who would normally want nothing to do withg homosexuals...its a funny old world

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Bad Weekend For Black Celebrities

    by Jinxo

    Wow. This is just sad. First Michael Evans, the orginal Lionel on All In The Family/The Jeffersons and co-creator of Good Times, dies and now James Brown? They say they go in threes but... I dunno where you go to get bigger than James Brown. Rest in peace to both of them.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:15 p.m. CST

    It's a man's man's man's world

    by thefoggiest

    but it dont mean nothing without a James Brown.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:41 p.m. CST

    My favorite James Brown song

    by SeVen Higgins

    Without a doubt is Try Me. Everyone will remember him for his funk and upbeat songs but Try Me was James getting his Sammy Davis like crooning on. Play it for your girl, and even though it is very short, the panties will be off before the end.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 4:54 p.m. CST

    He had soul . . .

    by Almost_Human

    and he was superbad.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:16 p.m. CST

    rest in peace, jimmy b...

    by jig98

    he had a great career and a good life, even with those ups and downs with the law. and a few coincidences upon this downer, dean martin passed away 12 years ago christmas day and that was also almost the same disease. and also, considering that eddie murphy's charector in dreamgirls is part james brown and his "hot tub" sketch on snl was one of the most memorable moments in the show's long run time. "i feel good!" my thoughts are with his family and friends this christmas.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Rest in Peace the godfather of wifebeating

    by butnugget


  • Dec. 25, 2006, 6:13 p.m. CST

    James brown

    by Kawaii

    Dont give a shit. None of you know him, he is famous for like one song. Who cares if he is dead. Quint is kissing ass. lol.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Regardless of his Questionable past..

    by Evil_Imp

    ..Here n the Decadent West all your sins can be forgiven if you are famous or can Lay down the Funk!? Sure he was an amazing performer, but he was also just as famous for laying down the Bitch Slaps as he was the Funk. It's sad that he died, i guess , but the man was certainly no model citizen.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 7:09 p.m. CST


    by streakerfreak1983

    what the hell is wrong with you. Oh and don't post the same thing it two different forums. Saw that post in the optimus one, lame man. Some people do give a shit. Granted not one for his music, but The Blues Brothers is a classic film that never gets old. I love it and the sequence with James Brown is unforgettable. What an ass! Who cares if we did not know if personaly. When Desmond "Q" died, I was heart broken. It felt like an uncle had died. Geez, man go to hell.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 7:11 p.m. CST

    Yeah he was not the perfect person

    by streakerfreak1983

    are you?

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 7:20 p.m. CST

    " Yeah he was not the

    by Evil_Imp

    " Yeah he was not the perfect person by streakerfreak1983 Dec 25th, are you? " Judging by what i read here if i was famous it would not matter. I'm not detracting from his talent , just making an observation . Famous people get away with Murder. ask O.J

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 7:25 p.m. CST

    And he will face his Judgement

    by blackwood

    as will we all.<br><br>R.I.P.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Well, well, well, well, wellllllllllllll

    by jasper Stillwell

    "...git in da hot tub!"...someone had to say it. This is a real loss of course...the man was troubled, hard work and demanding but man he was also too damn cool. A true star.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 7:58 p.m. CST


    by streakerfreak1983

    I agree, famous people get away with murder all the time. But in reality many people get away with shitty things all the time. How, many times does an abused wife have to cry for help, only to be ignored by the police, before she is dead? Turning the other way happens all the time. None of us are saying that he was perfect or that he did nothing wrong. We all know that, but what can we do about that now, nothing. We are only commenting on his work, not his personal life. Yes, he was an asshole, no question about it. I shun any famous person for there bad acts, but we are not there judge and jury and we can only go off of what the media decides to tell us.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 8:01 p.m. CST

    besides look at all the great artists

    by streakerfreak1983

    they are all a bunch of asshole and live very troubled lives.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 9:21 p.m. CST


    by Evil_Imp

    Touche, He was a Mega talent that we will not see the likes of again any time soon. Peace

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 9:43 p.m. CST

    ....Ages ago

    by tjrmusic

    I was reading a guitar magazine that had an interview with Ted Nugent. The subject of James Brown came up and Nugent said: "When I first heard him I knew that us white guys would have to have to work twice as hard just to be half as good as James Brown". The only comment that I will add to that is the debt that everyone in Hip Hop owes him is immeasurable. And in response to Slappy Jones's comment: He was certainly no saint. No one turns a blind eye to that. But right now we are just remembering him for his musical accomplishments.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 10:06 p.m. CST

    He Was The One Who Gave Us Soul!

    by RedRum1977

    Music just doesn't sound or feel the same now!! Rocky IV, The Blues Bros., and Dr. Detroit will be watch with tears. R.I.P JB

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 10:08 p.m. CST

    The best stage performer I've ever seen...

    by Rendell

    and that includes The Beastie Boys! Two years ago in Glasgow, Scotland, James Brown came back to play a one night gig at The Carling Academy. He hadn't been in Scotland for about thirty years. I hadn't been lucky enough to get a ticket since they sold out almost immedietly, but I went along to the venue anyway and to my absolute amazement, Someone sold me a spare ticket they didn't need. The place was packed, I had managed to get a good spot right at the front maybe only 10 feet from the stage. When his band finally came on nearly 2 hours later, I thought the crowd might blow the roof off the place! We were not disappointed, He may not have been in his prime, but he could still show us glimpses of what it must have been like to have see him in the sixties. I remember thinking at the time how lucky I had been to get in at all and I never stopped telling my friends all about that gig. They were in awe... and I still am. Rest in Peace James.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Tell 'Em What We Need, James!

    by Evil Lincoln

    I'm very shocked as I go through this talkback that people are being pretty respectful towards James. I haven't seen any mass "Papa's Got A Brand New Body Bag" jokes which for once, is a good thing. James had a lot of flaws (as we all do) but he will be remembered for his stellar contributions to the American music landscape. He will be missed

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 10:32 p.m. CST

    God bless, Godfather.

    by heyscot

    Truly a musical genius, a pioneer, an innovator, the originator of funk, hip-hop, sampled by thousands, imitated by millions, but never duplicated. What a fantastic musician.

  • Dec. 25, 2006, 11:56 p.m. CST

    The body isnt buried yet and the bullshit starts...

    by DaKnifeOrDaGun

    Add James Brown to the long list of talented artists with screwed up personal lives. What else is new? Recognizing him for his talents is not excusing him for his faults.The man just died and some of you demented fucks would just love to see the local news announce " Today, notorious wife beater, James brown, died from pneumonia. His many run ins with the law included tax evasion and battery and abuse with his former wives. He will long be remembered as a man with a twisted sense of relgion, bad taste in clothes and horrible hairstyle. He also just happened to revolutionize soul music and influenced generations of people. And now the weather..." Have some respect for the dead ya cynical SOBs. I guess we need to start a talkback of celebrities who never messed up.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 1:11 a.m. CST

    I saw him perform

    by George Edwards

    at the Apollo theatre in NYC, sometime in the mid 80's. One of the greatest concert experiences of my life was to see the Godfather of Soul in person. We were all standing up most of the time. How could one sit down? When he stepped down stage to party with the audience, we were all in awe of the Godfather -- that HE was stepping off stage to dance with US! I love his music. I love what he did for music, pop culture and society. Yes, he had some rough times, but who doesn’t. I choose to look at his great lifetime achievements in music and culture. He was a brilliant innovator-- one of my top 10 music favorites. I've got many of his albums, and listen to 50 Golden Hits often. I'm saddened to have heard the news and my condolences to his family and loved ones. He's definitely one of my cultural influences and feel fortunate to be exposed to his groundbreaking music and performance. Rest in peace James- and God bless your Soul.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 1:26 a.m. CST

    "I don't know karate, But I know K-RAAAZY!"

    by AshesOfDonnie

    RIP Godfather.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 2:13 a.m. CST

    RIP James Brown.

    by Cotton McKnight

    God bless you.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 2:57 a.m. CST

    Truly sad.

    by AnnoyYou

    I was in the car with my nine-year-old nephew the other day when "I Got You" came on the radio. He asked "Who sings this song?" and I answered "The Godfather of Soul, kid." I then proceeded to sing along with some interesting dance moves. I'm so sorry to hear that he's gone. He was one in a million, despite all the tribulations of his life. RIP, Godfather.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 8:16 a.m. CST

    What a lousy week

    by jtp8000

    Peter Boyle, Robery Altman, and now James Brown. Guess they do come in threes. Great award winning actor Genius movie director Godfather of Soul. Covered all the bases with these three

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 8:38 a.m. CST

    James Brown isn't just "I Got You (I Feel Good)"

    by heyscot

    Seriously--if you like music at all, you owe it to yourself to get some of James Brown's early work--he seriously created a whole genre of music and his best stuff isn't just his hits. Start off with something like "In the Jungle Groove" and listen to him.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I Got Soul....

    by Buzzsawlenny

    and i'm super bad... R.I.P Godfather... btw foundations of funk is the very best cd set you can have from JB

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Lest We Forget...

    by Massage...Bored

    His star turn in Rocky IV....."Livin' in America, I feel good!" RIP, I enjoy "the funk" to an immense degree and he made it hot and nasty.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 10:34 a.m. CST


    by lionbiu

    a true pioneer of soul and funk, could teach most nowaday musicians a thing or two. Sad that he almost wasted his talent with tons of personnal drama, but lets remember the music. RIP!

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 2:11 p.m. CST

    'Wifebeater Hell just got funkier'Stolen str8 frm FARK

    by none2525

    "Wifebeater Hell just got funkier. by CTU Mole" Not an original thought in your whole head, is there? you gotta find off colour comments in's forums and bring them over here? pathetic.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 2:36 p.m. CST

    James Brown is..

    by Amy Chasing

    ..The most sampled musician ever - he could take a "Uuhhhh" and make it a lyric and a part of the beat at the same time. <P> ..The only musician I know to inspire a techno song - actually called James Brown Is Dead, and then followed up with James Brown Is Still Alive - both from the early 90s and were at their time did amazing things for the techno genre. <P> ..One of the great muso's of the 20th century. I think the reason I Got You (I Feel Good) is such a massive thing is because over the years its been used in movies (Good Morning Vietnam) and still gets air-play. It's like the President of Funk Songs - a great representative, and hopefully gets people wanting to listen to more. <P> ..Someone who should be remembered for his contribution to the music world - for it wouldn't be the same without him.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 4:19 p.m. CST


    by steff_so_funny

    You shall be missed James.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 6:15 p.m. CST

    sexy kiss machine

    by hajji32

    i've Always been a big JB fan- i just burned a remix of prince's Kiss and JB's Sex Machine mashed up for my wife 2 days ago. also on the CD: JCs God's Gonna Cut You Down. nothing spookalicious about it though- those 2 guys are 2 of my heroes- having just made a film that deals with domestic violence (on christmas, no less), i've always been amazed at how James was adored worlwide not only by men, but by women as well- i'd like to hear back from more ladies about their love for James- and while we're on the subject of who he Was- wifebeater, etc- i'm sure you all read in the obit that he died 3 days after handing out toys as part of his annual giveaway- if you're gonna talk about his wifebeating, then don't forget his charities- he Never forgot where he came from and his love for the poor was Legend in the south.

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 8:01 p.m. CST

    'Tis true my friends...

    by Quintus_Arrius

    ... 'tis sad news indeed... Hail Brown!

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Stooopider, it's a movie-geek site, after all.

    by kevred

    If this was a music site, no one would be talking about Transformers. If it was a quilting site, some new stitching technique would be getting more posts than James Brown. He was a musical genius and his loss should be mourned, but as a fan of the man, the last thing I'd have thought of doing is coming to this site and talking about it. Though you're of course right about what an age we live in. Now, time to go cue up THE PAYBACK and remember...

  • Dec. 26, 2006, 10:33 p.m. CST

    James Brown - Icon of Family Abuse

    by Enter4None

    James Brown was extremely gifted musical-wise and deservedly own a place in music history.... I guess his talent will always outshine how he used to abuse and violently beat his wife and kids. Life goes on.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 12:57 a.m. CST

    spike lee ehh


    This biopic could be interesting...

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Holy shit... this isn't right.

    by Pipple

    Harry or somebody put James Brown's fucking death up at the top of the page and keep it there for a while please. This is more important than some movies. God...

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Just watched Rocky IV on Sat!

    by Dazzler69

    I felt chills when I heard he died on Christmas! I just saw Balboa in theatre on Sat and watched the on Demand movie of my fav of the fights with Drago. It's too bad Brown passed away. RIP!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Great Wife Beater

    by BilboRing

    Druggy, alcoholic, etc. Still, the wife beater thing make sme care less that he croaked. Burn in hell, Brown!!!

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Wow, way to remember a guy for his flaws.

    by Childe Roland

    However much of an asshole Brown was, his contribution to music and lasting influence on modern artists can't be denied. For that alone, he deserves a modicum of posthumous respect. What if, after you guys die, you're only remembered as prodigous masturbators instead of for whatever non-bodliy-fluid-laced contributions you might eventually make to the world? That would suck pretty hard, wouldn't it?

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 12:56 p.m. CST

    BilboRing welcome to the league of assholes

    by Pipple

    The fact is nobody will care when you die so why am I upset? *shrugs* RIP Godfather of soul.

  • Dec. 27, 2006, 2:29 p.m. CST

    A monumental talent

    by toadkillerdog

    To those of you ignorant enough to question why James Brown is being 'honored' with a talk back - just observe that the majority on this talk back have nothing but praise for the man and his music. There is a reason for that. It was genius, and it has had a long lasting effect on countless musicians and their music - some of which I would be willing to bet you even like. Yes, he was flawed - as are all human beings. And yes, there were circumstances and events in his life that were deplorable. But the good that he did, beyond making great music and entertaining millions. Beyond the cultural impact he had on not just black music but on the attitudes and music throughout this country. The greatness in what he achieved and how he achieved it. The sheer musical genius and power of the man, can not be disputed. And those of you too small minded to see that there is a larger world than just posting a whine about how your 'childhood is being raped by that abomination called the Transformers movie directed by the king of all hackitude.' Well, I feel sorry for you. But if you still have a problem with this site and the talk backs, having a larger sense or the world around us, then click off and go play with your Optimus Prime, and let the grown folks talk.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 8:57 a.m. CST

    James Brown was Scum

    by BilboRing

    Drugs, liquor, etc. Who cares. But he was a wife beater. So OJ Simpson should be praised for his football accomplishments when he dies and not the fact that he killed 2 people? James Brown was a musical talent, sure. Amazingly talented. But he should rot in hell for what he did off the stage. Keep overlooking the faults of rapists, wife beaters, murderers, etc. It's what hollywood is all about, right? Who cares what type of person they are. As long as they entertain us. Fuck Sinatra too.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 4:46 p.m. CST

    Jinxo, I guess we found our answer to that!

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    a former president.

  • Dec. 28, 2006, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Judge someone forever on what they've done wrong?

    by Pipple

    Is that the way this world works?

  • Dec. 29, 2006, 9:55 a.m. CST


    by BilboRing

    Doing wrong stuff is one thing. I am not talking about the people with drug habits. But a fucking wife beater deserves nothing. Would you give the same blind eye to some working stiff who beats his wife and kids? Even if he donated to charity, went to church, helped others, etc. But at home he was an abusive prick? There are some things that trump being a good entertainer. You still have to be a decent human being. We all have faults but being a fucking wife beater, rapist, murderer kind of crosses that line. Burn Hollywood Burn!!!

  • Dec. 30, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    Nobodys perfect

    by proper

    Get on the good foot =>