Charles Bradley’s voice is his story. Grizzled by hardship and bad luck, every intonation suggests a source of heartache and pain that bellows out with absolute sincerity. The first time you hear a Charles Bradley record, it grabs you and becomes hard to shake off.
The man’s the real deal. And it’s a shame for the world to have missed out on his talents for so long. The documentary, Charles Bradley: Soul Of America (on page 3), goes some way to acknowledging the terrible injustice of the world having overlooked the man for almost half a century. It also demonstrates how nice the guy is, despite what’s seen and what he’s been through.
During the 42-year struggle, Bradley worked as a James Brown impersonator under the pseudonym, Black Velvet.
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