Soul legend Charles Bradley dies at 68

Charles Bradley

Soul singer Charles Bradley performs with at the inaugural 2017 Arroyo Seco Music Festival in Pasadena California

Active from the '90s under the moniker "Black Velvet" as a James Brown impersonator, Bradley drew the attention of Daptone co-founder, bandleader and producer Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann), who began releasing singles by the singer in 2002.

Bradley had been suffering from stomach cancer after first being diagnosed with the disease previous year.

Known affectionately by his band mates as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul", Bradley rose to fame in 2011 after releasing his debut album No Time For Dreaming on the venerable funk and soul label Daptone. His publicist issued a statement, saying, "Bradley headed out on the road earlier this year after receiving a clean bill of health but the cancer recently returned, spreading to his liver".

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Charles Bradley has passed away, an announcement on his various social media channels confirmed. "I am honoured and glad to be back and am going to give you all of my love". "It took 62 years for somebody to find me, but I thank God".

Bradley was born November 5, 1948 in Gainesville, FL, and moved to Brooklyn at the age of 8. He spent the next 20 years doing odd jobs and playing small clubs to get by, before returning to NY.

The press release announcing his passing concludes: "Thank you for your prayers during this hard time".

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Two other records would follow: 2013's Victim of Love and 2016's Changes, the latter of which included a soul cover of Black Sabbath's "Changes" as its showcase song.

A representative for Bradley has asked for donations to be made in his name to the All-Stars Project and Music Unites.

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