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1954 to 2006
May 3, 1933 in Barnwell
December 25, 2006
Toccoa, GA, United States
"The Godfather of Soul"
James Joseph Brown, Jr. (May 3, 1933 - December 25, 2006) was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as "The Godfather of Soul". In a career that spanned six decades, Brown influenced the development of several music genres. Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. Joining an R&B vocal group called the Avons that later evolved to become The Famous Flames, Brown served as the group's lead singer.
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