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There was a brilliant song playing in a local shop, yesterday. And not being a Shazam-r, I asked the assistant what it was. Actually spoke to someone, like in the olden days. Turns out it was Charles Bradley. The 67-year-old former James Brown impersonator who has achieved success in his seventh decade. Funnily enough, I’d recently been talking about ‘The Screaming Eagle of Soul’ with a friend who had seen him in concert, and then last night, he was playing live on BBC6 Music. Three’s a trend and so I am currently, listening to the fantastic new Charles Bradley album Changes (which has a superb cover version of Black Sabbath’s Changes; listen HERE). But my favourite Charles Bradley song is 2011’s brilliant The World (Is Going Up In Flames) – check out his powerful voice and the superior jumpsuit action:


Who are you listening to, right now?

24 thoughts on “Currently listening to: Charles Bradley

  1. Kaleo heard one of their songs a couple of days ago, brilliant indie, bluesy folk band from Iceland, plus a brilliant home grown band from Bath called The Heavy

  2. I became aware of his music through the US Tv series Suits. Misty Blue and How Long, both instrumentals have that relaxed somehow smouldering vibe reminiscent of a time long gone but perfect for now. Aren’t we so lucky to have Spotify, Shazam and all those other music services so we can have access to music. I still remember waiting by the radio with cassette player and microphone waiting to capture my favourite song.

  3. For the last 6 months or so, Alt-j has been on my iPod and I don’t seem to get tired of it – will I ever? Thanks for sharing this vidéo.

  4. This Old Heart of Mine is listening to the Isley Brothers while mopping the floors as prospective buyer coming to view the house. I know how to live it up on a bank holiday.

  5. I’m listening to Georges Bressons, Michel Polnareff and Al Green presently. I go through periods of listening to the same cd’s over and over. Sometimes it’s Cst Stevens for weeks on end. Other times The Kinks (my never ending love for Rsy Davies), Bobby Darin or George Harrison will fill my car or home’. There’s just so much……….

  6. I’m enjoying his music ! Thank you for sharing, I seem to really neglect the art of finding new music to listen to!

  7. And isn’t 6 Music just the best for discovering new, and old, artists?. He is amazing and one I shall now go and search out.
    My favourites at the moment hail from Australia and include Chet Faker and Sticky Fingers. Both worth a listen to.
    Thanks for your recommendation. Another cool ol’timer who can rock some blues is Seasick Steve.

  8. I LOVE it! And the superior jumpsuit action isn’t bad either. thanks a million for brightening my day xo

  9. Jimi Charles Moody’s “House of Moody” and Blue Honey”–one fast, one slow and both sexy, fresh soul. Interesting story behind the music and musician, too. Google after you listen.

  10. I was listening to him on Craig Charles soul and funk programme too. It was brilliant. Grooving round the kitchen.

  11. Adele is the fresh sound I’m listening to on the car radio. I’ve seen her interviewed – great sense of humour.
    Hopping on over to google to check out Charles Bradley.

  12. I discovered Charles Bradley myself a couple of months ago. Here are some other artists you might want to check out, Saun & Starr, Myron & E, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Also, The Mighty Sceptres , Menahan Street Band and The Visioneers. Enjoy! Love your blog.

  13. We often listen to JOHNNYSWIM, Diana Krall and Allison Krauss.
    Thank you all for sharing–i’ve made a list with the hope of adding new music to my library.

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