As posthumous records go, there is nothing quite like Charles Bradley's Black Velvet. The soul singer, who passed away in September 2017, had made a name for himself late in life: first, in his early years, with a career as a James Brown cover artist (where he performed as the eponymous "Black Velvet"); and later, with his discovery by Daptone Records and the release of his debut album, No Time for Dreaming, at the age of 62. In many ways, Bradley and his music embodies the "soul of America." The singer came from next to nothing, grew up in poverty, got his big break after a "Black Velvet" gig, and died shortly after the release of his third album.
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