James Brown was an American singer and musician born in 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina. His nickname was The Godfather of Soul and he initially gained fame as the lead signer of the group The Famous Flames. Brown eventually embarked on a solo career and released albums such as Sex Machine, Live at the Apollo, Star Time, In the Jungle Groove, The Payback, Hell, and Get on the Good Foot. Brown’s most popular songs include I Got You, It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World, Please, Please, Please, Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, and Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud. He attained awards such as multiple Grammy Awards, a BET Lifetime Achievement Award, an American Music Award of Merit, and a Kennedy Center Honors Award. In 1986, Brown was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Brown died in 2006 from congestive heart failure in Atlanta, Georgia.
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