Charles Bradley died this past Saturday. Cancer. He was a soul singer in the classic mold, part James Brown, part Otis Redding. He began his career at age fourteen as a James Brown tribute, and continued off and on that tangent for decades until he auditioned at Daptone. He was signed and had his first LP released at age 62. As he put it "Now, I'm gonna do Charles Bradley." He did, and he did it well.
Check his voice on the songs below. If you need a point of reference, listen to what he does to Nirvana's "Stay Away". Damn.
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Charles Bradley - The World (Is Going Up In Flames) mp3 at Hey Cool Kid
Charles Bradley - Stay Away (streaming) at YouTube Nirvana cover
Charles Bradley - Love Bug Blues mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Charles Bradley - How Long mp3 at ATumblr (?)
Charles Bradley - The Telephone Song mp3 at Tin Can Land
Charles Bradley - Strictly Reserved For You mp3 at Melting Pot