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From the Soundboard - Charles Bradley
@ WBAI 99.5 FM, Wednesday Jan 24 2018

On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, starting @ 3 am, From the Soundboard pays tribute to the artist who started as a James Brown impersonator known as Black Velvet to later become known as The Screaming Eagle of Soul.  He was Daptone Records recording artist Charles Bradley.

 

Soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley definitely didn't arrive as a recording artist by taking the easy route. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948, but raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bradley spent a good part of his childhood living on the streets. A transformational moment came when his sister took him to see James Brown at the Apollo in 1962. Bradley was struck by Brown's energy and stage manner, and began practicing microphone tricks with a broom at home, dreaming of being a star on his own stage, and it was a dream he would never abandon in spite of all sorts of mishaps, misdirects, and general hard times. [Steve Leggert- All Music Guide]

 

 From the Soundboard promo video