Charles Bradley 1948-2017
The Screamin’ Eagle of Soul
“Hello, this is Charles Bradley. A brother that came from the hard licks of life. That knows America is my home. America, you’ve been real honest, hurt and sweet to me. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. Just know that all the pains that I’ve been through, it made me stronger, to stand strong and know that America represents love for all humanity and the world. I say from my heart.” ~ Charles Bradley
If you’ve watched my vinyl tag video on YouTube, you know that Charles Bradley was one of my absolute
favorite artists. The authenticity in his voice and lyrics was astounding, and the positivity and love he was able to share was remarkable given the life he lived prior to signing with Daptone Records. It hit me hard to hear of his passing on September 23rd, 2017.
I had the honor of seeing him perform live at The Social in Orlando,FL in February 2016. His emotion while on stage was infectious. Some audience members even felt the urge to reach out and hug Charles while he was on stage. Being the man that he was, Charles bent over and gave hugs from the stage with a smile while continuing to sing.I can honestly say that that performance was one of the best shows that I have ever beento. After the show, Charles was walking to the backstage area and I asked if he would sign my Victim of Love LP for me. The security guards ushering him back yelled out “NO AUTOGRAPHS!!” and Charles quickly broke from the group of guards and approached me to sign my record. Gabriel Roth, co-founder of Daptone Records, said in an interview with Rolling Stone, “I think he wanted to hug each person on this planet individually. I mean that literally, and anyone that ever saw him knows that he honestly tried.” His legacy will live on through his extraordinary music. He was truly one of a kind, and will be incredibly missed.
Rest in Power, Charles.