Watch Charles Bradley Perform 'Lovin' You Baby' Live At Pickathon Watch the late soul revivalist share his message of universal love on the Pickathon Woods Stage, during his second-to-last performance ever.
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The late soul revivalist Charles Bradley's ample musical gifts were exceeded by his overflowing sincerity as a performer. Like his Daptone label-mate Sharon Jones (who passed late in 2016), Bradley could make a timeless style feel incredibly immediate and personal. He was known as the "Screaming Eagle of Soul," and he wasn't above hamming it up a bit with his dancing, but the gravitational pull in his music came from his heart.

Bradley was "discovered" late in his life, and on his debut album, released at the age of 62, he sang about decades of heartbreak and struggle. His performances carried the conviction of somebody who didn't take a moment of his new musical life for granted. He sang, he danced, he cried out, he fell to his knees and pleaded. At the end, his suit darkened by sweat, he'd repeatedly tell the audience how much he loved them.

Last summer, on a cooling August night, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires performed one of his signature songs, "Lovin' You Baby" for a sprawling crowd in the forest at Pickathon. In an epilogue from the stage, he delivered his universal message of love for all. This would be his next-to-last time performing. Charles Bradley died Sept. 23, 2017. He was 68.

Every month this year opbmusic and NPR Music will present another episode from the Pickathon Woods Stage. These videos are hand-picked by opbmusic to showcase some of the most compelling performances captured at Pickathon. Look for the next premiere in mid-January.

The Pickathon Woods Series was made possible by support from Klean Kanteen.

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