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Soul singer Charles Bradley, 68, dies

Soul singer Charles Bradley has died from stomach cancer

24 September 2017, 12:27pm
The singer cancelled the remainder of 2017 tour dates two weeks ago due to illness
The singer cancelled the remainder of 2017 tour dates two weeks ago due to illness
Soul singer Charles Bradley has died from cancer aged 68.

The former James Brown impersonator, nicknamed "the screaming eagle of soul" released his first album No Time For Dreaming in 2011, aged 62.

He had recently returned to live performance after receiving treatment for stomach cancer late last year.

His death came just two weeks after the remainder of his 2017 tour dates were cancelled due to illness.

Charles Bradley spent much of his life working odd jobs as a handyman - and some of it living on the streets, sleeping in subway cars in New York City.

But he continued to pursue music, having been inspired by the singer James Brown during a performance he saw as a teenager.

He was eventually signed to a New York label in the early 2000s, securing a spot as the opening act on tour for soul revival singer Sharon Jones, who died last year aged 60.

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