Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Today's Cartoon: James Brown 1933-2006

Maybe it's just me, but Christmas often seems to coincide with the passing of a major cultural icon. In the past it has marked the loss of such legends as Dean Martin and Charlie Chaplin; while this year it includes the sad departure of "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown.

While this is certainly a sad occasion for fans of the late singer, probably no one is more upset about this than Jesus himself. After all, Christmas is supposed to be about him; yet every year, somebody else seems to steal the spotlight away from him ;)

James Brown was definitely a larger than life character, probably best known for his string of hits (both musical and spousal). His unique singing style and energetic stage presence has influenced a wide variety of popular artists and given form to numerous genres, ranging from disco to rap. Dubbed "The hardest working man in show business", Brown's music career spanned six decades and included over 50 albums and 100 chart topping hits.

But to me, he will also be remembered for having some of the best interviews and police mug shots in the industry ;)

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