Artist of the Day: Charles Bradley [1948-2017]

posted by on 09/25/2017

September 25 2017

Charles Edward Bradley was an American funk, soul and R&B singer, signed to the Daptone Records label under the Dunham Records division. His performances and recording style were consistent with Daptone's revivalist approach, celebrating the feel of funk and soul music from the 1960s and 1970s. One review said he "echoes the evocative delivery of Otis Redding".

Calling himself "the screaming eagle of soul", Bradley was the subject of the documentary Soul of America which premiered at South by Southwest in 2012.

Bradley died in New York on Saturday surrounded by family, friends and some of his bandmembers, according to a statement on his website.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Bradley. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time," it said. He was 68.
 
The soul singer was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 2016, and he started performing on the road this year after receiving a clean bill of health.
But earlier this month, he canceled tour dates in the US, South America and Europe, saying his cancer has returned and spread to his liver, and he needed to focus on his treatment.
"I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true. When I come back, I'll come back strong, with God's love. With God's will, I'll be back soon," he said.
Bradley found fame in his later years, releasing his debut album "No Time For Dreaming" at age 62. The album was named Rolling Stone Magazine's top 50 albums of 2011. His next album, "Victim of Love," was released two years later, followed earlier this year by his third and last album, "Changes" after reconnecting with his estranged mother.
 

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