We Remember…. James Brown who died on Christmas Day in 2006
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist. He is a pioneer of the Funk music genre and is recognized as a major figure in the 20th century popular music for both his vocals and dancing. He has been referred to as “The Godfather of Soul,” “Mr. Dynamite,” “Soul Brother Number One” and “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. On December 25, 2006, Brown died at approximately 1:45 AM EST from congestive heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia, with his agent Frank Copsidas and his friend Paul Sargent at his bedside. According to Sargent, Brown stuttered “I’m going away tonight”, and then Brown took three long, quiet breaths and fell asleep before dying. He would have been 78 years old.