James Brown died on Christmas day, a typically dramatic move for the 73-year-old, self-described â€œGodfather of Soul,â€ who was known for dramatic endings in concert.
The news of his death caught me off guard, because I hadnâ€™t heard much about the performer in years. Although Brownâ€™s music career was in its sunset years, he was still touring and singing regularly. He was hospitalized with pneumonia just a couple days before, and died of heart failure not long after telling a friend he would perform in Times Square for New Yearâ€™s Eve.
The man earned another of his many nicknames, â€œThe hardest working man in show business,â€ to the very end.