James Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006), originally James Joseph Brown, Jr., was an American entertainer.
James Brown is recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music and was renowned for his vocals and feverish dancing.
James Brown is known as "The Godfather of Soul", other times as "the hardest
working man in show business".
As a prolific singer, songwriter, dancer and bandleader, James was a pivotal force in the music industry. James Brown left his mark on numerous artists. Brown's music also left its mark on the rhythms of African popular music, such as afrobeat, jùjú and mbalax, and provided a template for go-go music.
James began his professional music career in 1956 and rose to fame during the late 1950s and early 1960s on the strength of his thrilling live performances and string of smash hits. In spite of various personal problems and setbacks he continued to score hits in every decade through the 1980s. In addition to his acclaim in music, James was also a presence in American political affairs during the 1960s and 1970s.
James was recognized by numerous titles, including Soul Brother Number One, Sex Machine, Mr. Dynamite, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, The King of Funk, Minister of The New New Super Heavy Funk, Mr. Please Please Please Please Her, I Feel Good, and foremost The Godfather of Soul.
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