James Brown died yesterday, he was 73 years old. In a word, Brown was hardcore. Dedicated beyond belief to the ultimate stage performance.
He was known variously as "the Godfather of Soul," "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," "Soul Brother Number One" and "Mr. Dynamite."
The Hardest Working Man in Show Business had performed 100 shows in 2006 and was preparing to play another one on New Year's Eve.
He was known for his funk, his moves and also his righteousness- lobbying President Reagan for MLK day and writing songs like 1968s "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)." He also demanded perfection from his bands, fining members for missing cues.
It is hard to find any modern music that was not affected by James Brown.
"I would like to pass on the want to do something," he told CNN in 2000. "The need is there. Good lyrics are good things, but I would like to pass on that drive, that vigorous undying determination."