James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul," whose rasping vocals and revolutionary rhythms made him a founder of rap, funk and disco, died early Monday, his agent said. He was 73. Brown was hospitalized in Atlanta with pneumonia on Sunday and died around 1:45 A.M. Monday, his agent said. Longtime friend Charles Bobbit was by his side.
Along with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and a handful of others, Brown was one of the major musical influences of the past 50 years.
About Elvis Presley he said: "I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother. He said I was good and I said he was good; we never argued about that. Elvis was a hard worker, dedicated, and God loved him. Last time I saw him was at Graceland. We sang Old Blind Barnabus together, a gospel song. I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There'll never be another like that soul brother."
Another quote according to his Reverent Sharpton: "There are two American originals, Elvis and me, Elvis is gone, and I've got to carry on."
Source: Various / Updated: Dec 25, 2006