1933 - 2006
Brown commonly referred to as "The Godfather of Soul", was
an American entertainer recognized as one of
the most influential figures in 20th-century
As a prolific singer, songwriter,
bandleader, and record producer, Brown was a seminal
force in the evolution of gospel and rhythm and blues
into soul and funk. He left his mark on numerous
other musical genres, including rock, jazz,
reggae, disco, dance and electronic music,
afrobeat, and hip hop music.
My life in music would not have been complete if I
had not been able to see James
Brown live at the North Sea Jazz Festival in 2005
and at BB King’s
in NYC in 2006. At
North Sea he was kind enough to give my son,
Matthew an autograph and a few words of advice
before heading to his dressing room after an
exhausting show. His words
were "Stay In School".
HERE to see a gallery of photos.