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Musicians React to Charles Bradley's Death on Social Media
Charles Bradley photographed in the Star studio in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sept. 6, 2016
Musicians are remembering acclaimed soul singer Charles Bradley, who died after a long battle with cancer on Saturday (Sept. 23).
Music stars such as Questlove, Neko Case, and El-P paid tribute to the singer on social media following the news of his passing.
“Respect to Brother Charles. So Much Soul,” Roots drummer Questlove captioned a black-and-white photo of Bradley on Instagram.
In early September, Bradley was forced to cancel all of his upcoming tour dates following a second bout of cancer that made performing difficult. With 37 dates scheduled through the end of the year, Bradley's spokesperson said the singer felt run down during recent shows. A year after a stomach cancer diagnosis, doctors informed Bradley that his cancer had spread to his liver, though it had not returned to his stomach.
Bradley, who drew comparisons to James Brown thanks to his excitable stage persona, died in Brooklyn surrounded by family and friends, as well as members of bands he had worked with.
Charles Edward Bradley (November 5, 1948 – September 23, 2017) 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.