In Memoriam: Charles Bradley (1948 – 2017)

Charles Edward Bradley (November 5, 1948 – September 23, 2017) was an American funk/soul/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”.

Dubbed “the screaming eagle of soul”, Bradley was the subject of the documentary Soul of America which premiered at South by Southwest in 2012. – Wikipedia

LA Times Obit
The soul singer Charles Bradley, one of the most joyful and powerful contemporary vocalists in his genre, died Saturday morning. He was 68.

Representatives for the singer said in a statement that Bradley died of complications from stomach cancer, which had been in remission. Bradley toured up through the last year of his life.

Bradley, like his Daptone label mate, the late Sharon Jones, was a later-in-life soul music success story. He was discovered while working as a James Brown impersonator, and he released his debut album, “No Time For Dreaming,” in 2011. “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” quickly turned ears among vintage R&B enthusiasts and younger audiences at festivals like FYF Fest, where Bradley played in 2016 to raucous crowds.

His 2016 album “Changes” was widely praised and led to numerous mainstream television appearances, including a performance on “CBS This Morning: Saturday” that earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding on-camera musical performance in a daytime program.

Born in Gainesville, Fla., Bradley moved to Brooklyn as a child and lived all over the U.S. before returning to New York for the last 20 years of his life. He closely collaborated with a number of acts and backing bands in his career, including His Extraordinaires, Menahan Street Band, Budos Band and the Jimmy Hill Allstarz.

Musicians around the music world lamented his passing. The Daptone band Antibalas tweeted “RIP to our dear brother Charles Bradley. Your heart was too big for this planet. See you on the other side. We love you.” Singer-songwriter Neko Case wrote, over a picture of Bradley and Sharon Jones, that “I’ve had the honor of being completely and utterly blown off stage by both of these sweethearts.”

Representatives for the singer said, “Mr. Bradley was truly grateful for all the love he’s received from his fans and we hope his message of love is remembered and carried on.” – LATimes

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

I’m up here on the fairground of the Eastern States Fair and Exposition; “The Big E” in West Springfield, Massachusetts, where “Great Soul Performances” will be coming your way with music from: Earth, Wind & Fire, the Temptations, Pete Wingfield & the Olympic Runners, the Impressions, Baby Huey & the Babysitters, Alvin Cash & the Crawlers, Big Joe Turner, the Soul Children, Dionne Warwick, the Whispers, Beyoncé, Teddy Pendergrass, Clyde McPhatter; live in concert and more. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT.

We then segue to “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT, where on the playlist will be: Aretha Franklin, Joe Bataan, the Sugarhill Gang, Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes, GQ, the Gap Band, Paula Abdul, Gene Chandler, Weird Al Yankovic, Levert and several others. Check the website for the encore times for both shows. BTW, some of the talent here at the fair this year include, the Village People, the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Sugarhill Gang, El Mariachi Azteca Del Sol, Gary Puckett & the Union Gap, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Sheila E., Grand Funk Railroad, Ten Years After, and my favorite cyclist and all around funny man, Hilby; the Skinny German Juggler Boy. I Say Wow! Join me later this evening for my first weekend from the grounds of “The Big E” for “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

Our prayers go out to the people of the Lone Star State of Texas who are suffering the effects of Hurricane Harvey. I’ve got a lot of fantastic music for you this evening for four straight hours, beginning with “Great Soul Performances” where you’ll hear: Peabo Bryson, Jay & the Techniques, Lenny Welch, the Isley Brothers, Isaac Hayes, the Temptations, Carmen McRae, Little Willie John, Odyssey, Jerry Butler & Betty Everett, Jesse Belvin, Joe Tex, the Four Tops, Stevie Wonder & Sir Paul McCartney (live in concert) and more. The program starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT and 4PM PT, with an encore performance tomorrow morning at 7AM eastern time. Then at 9PM it’s “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” where on tap are: Marvin Gaye, DeBarge, Natalie Cole, the Dazz Band, Gene Chandler, Guns and Roses, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (you know who he is), Oran “Juice” Jones, the Temptations, Phillip Bailey, Tavares, Patti LaBelle and several others. The show happens at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT & 6PM PT, with a re-airing tomorrow evening at 7PM, and on Monday morning at 7AM, both times are eastern. So I’ll be looking for you later this evening for the best in soul music, at the home of the hits, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

In the immortal words of William Count Basie, “Let’s Try It One More Once!” I think I’ve got a great show on tap for you this evening, when I come your way with “Great Soul Performances” featuring music by: Little Anthony & the Imperials, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes with Sharon Paige, James Brown, the Van Dykes, Nina Simone, Jay Proctor & the Techniques, Los Lobos, the Heartbeats, Maxine Brown, Bob Marley, Wilson Pickett, Billy Griffin & the Miracles, King Curtis; live in concert and many others. The show begins at our new time schedule of 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Immediately following will be “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” and on that playlist are: Linda Ronstadt, Barry & Glodean White, the Isley Brothers, Kim Carnes, Mirage, Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, Maxine Brown, Major Harris, Process & the Doo Rags, Olivia Newton-John and more. G.S.P. 2 begins at 9PM ET, 8PM CT, 7PM MT and 6PM PT. Sunday morning, GSP 1 will have an encore at 7AM eastern and at 7PM eastern time, GSP 2 will have an encore performance. On Saturday evenings you’ll be getting four continuous hours of me and “Sweet Soul Music.” More “Soul for your Bowl.” I’ll be looking for you this evening as I lay “Great Soul Performances” on your ears at the “Home of the Hits,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.


Monday 6pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

Coming up in a couple of hours on “Great Soul Performances,” I’ve got for you: Jackie Wilson, the Temptations, Baby Washington, my dear friend Larry Chance & the Earls; and BTW, I’ll be singing with them, Gerald Alston & the Manhattans, Fred Hughes, the Tymes, Mavis Staples & the Staple Singers, the Sandpebbles, the Embers, Willie Windfield & the Harptones, live in concert Kenny Vance & the Planotones with the late Phoebe Snow at the Bitter End in New York City, and so much more. Join me at 6PM ET, 5PM CT, 4PM MT and 3PM PT for “Great Soul Performances” at the home of the greatest hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s, RadioMaxMusic.Com. It’s gonna be “Smokin’!”