James Brown dies aged 73

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This is sad news for many as it is being reported that James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured “Godfather of Soul”, whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco, died today in Atlanta, aged 73.

Brown, whose career spanned six decades, was taken to hospital yesterday with pneumonia, said his agent, Frank Copsidas, and died with longtime friend Charles Bobbit at his side.

Brownà ¢Ã¢â€š ¬Ã¢â€ž ¢s music was a major influence on modern music, and his work has been sampled by rap artists from the 1980s to this day, his famous 1960s and 1970s break beats becoming the basis of hip hop.

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