RIP Modern Soul Legend Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley Dies After Cancer Battle

Rest in peace to the great Charles Bradley.

He had triumphantly returned to stage after a stomach cancer diagnosis a year ago.

Born in Florida in 1948 before later relocating to NY as a child, Bradley stayed on the fringes of music - working as a part-time musician throughout most of his life.

Mr. Bradley spent most of his early years in music performing James Brown covers, successfully working as a Brown impersonator named Black Velvet for decades, until Grammy-winning producer Gabriel Roth (Daptone Records) and Dunham Records exec convinced him to release his own material. Bradley's life, including years of struggling with poverty and homelessness, was the subject of the 2012 documentary "Charles Bradley: Soul of America". He then released Victim of Love in 2013 and Changes, his last record, in 2016. That's why sometimes I like to go into the audience and just hug them, especially when I see someone hurting.

"When I come back, I'll come back strong, with God's love".

CHARLES Bradley has died age 68 following a long battle with cancer.

Upon announcing the cancellation of his tour dates earlier this month, Bradley had vowed to "fight through this like I've fought through the many other obstacles in my life" and said that the support of his fans "truly lifted me up and kept me going". "It took 62 years for somebody to find me, but I thank God". Bradley passed away in Brooklyn on September 23, 2017, surrounded by family and friends including members of the bands he worked closely with: Menahan Street Band, His Extraordinaires, Budos Band and the Jimmy Hill Allstarz-his band from his time performing as Black Velvet. Bradley, who openly shared his idolization of the legendary James Brown after first seeing Brown perform in 1962, became a totemic artist for the Daptone label, best known for its revivalist '60s soul.

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