April 19, 2011


Charles Bradley on Daptone Records

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Charles Bradley, at 62, finally putting his own soul on display for the world (Allison Stewart, 4/14/11, ChicagoTribune)

Years ago, after he had spent the better part of his youth and middle age roaming the country but before he became the most promising new soul act of 2011, Charles Bradley worked as a James Brown impersonator known as Black Velvet.

YouTube footage can be found of Bradley as the Godfather of Soul. Heavily pompadoured, shimmying and strutting (less and less as he got older), Black Velvet cut a wide swath through the clubs and cafes of Bradley's adopted hometown of Brooklyn.

It was there, at the Tarheel Lounge in Bed-Stuy, that Bradley/Velvet was discovered by Gabe Roth of Daptone Records, home to hipster soul revivalists Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Bradley's only real contemporary analog.

Roth befriended Bradley, setting in motion a chain of events that would lead to Bradley's debut, the fiery funk-soul revival disc "No Time for Dreaming." It was released in January, when Bradley was 62 years old.


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