Charles Bradley, whose late-blossoming career was built on fiery performances that evoked his idol, James Brown, is dead.
The 68-year-old “Screaming Eagle of Soul,” died in Brooklyn on Saturday, a statement by his publicist, said
Bradley was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2016, which spread to his liver.
Bradley, known for a powerful and pained rasp that he used to channel both his demons and deep gratitude, released his debut album `No Time For Dreaming’, at 62.
He openly shared his idolization of the legendary James Brown after first seeing Brown perform in 1962 and became a totemic artist for the Daptone label, best known for its revivalist ’60s soul.
“Charles was truly grateful for all the love he’s received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on,” a statement from Daptone read.
“Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”
Born in Gainesville, Fla., Bradley grew up in Brooklyn but left home at the age of 14.
“If I’m not wanted, I’m gone. And I left,” he said in a 2013 interview.
He spent much of his life itinerant, performing at one point in Maine — where his band was disbanded due to the Vietnam draft, as he told the Chicago Tribune in 2011.
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