Soul Singer Charles Bradley Dies At 68
The music community reacts to the loss of a legend.
Soul singer Charles Bradley has died at 68 after succumbing to cancer. Diagnosed in the year 2016, Bradley quickly underwent treatment and was healthy enough to return to the road early this year. Unfortunately, the cancer returned and spread to his liver. Bradley died on September 23 in Brooklyn.
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Charles Bradley. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time pic.twitter.com/FFqQ1K1pX5
— Charles Bradley (@Charles_Bradley) September 23, 2017
The singer went in peace, surrounded by his family and friends, including members of the bands he worked closely with — Menahan Street Band, Extraordinaires, the Budos Band and the Jimmy Hill Allstarz.
Born in 1948 in the city of Gainesville, Florida, Bradley was removed from his family at an early age and homeless for a period of time before reconnecting with his mother in 1996. Together, they settled in Brooklyn, where his career really started to take off.
He was eventually signed to Daptone Records after years of moonlighting as an impersonator of James Brown under his stage name Black Velvet. Daptone co-founder Gabriel Roth discovered him, while Bradley was playing in a club in his stage nickname of a night.
Bradley began pumping out singles in the year 2002 with Daptone, but their first studio album was not published until the year 2011, when he fell, No Time To Dream. In 2016, he published what would be his final album, Changes, which featured a cover of Black Sabbath "Changes".
Many Hip Hop artists have sampled Bradley's music, including JAY-Z's 2013 song "Open Letter."
Countless members of the music community took to social media to express their condolences. Of Questlove and The-P to the Atmosphere and BADBADNOTGOOD, it is clear Bradley music left a lasting impact that is felt long after his death.
Take a look at those reactions below.
Respect to Brother Charles. Both The Soul.<