James Brown  was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor 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 lasted 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres.

Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. He joined an R&B vocal group, the Famous Flames, in 1953, and his success with the group on the charts began his long solo career.

James Brown signed with King Records in 1956, and his first hit single was “Please, Please, Please“, which sold over a million copies. Brown’s success continued throughout the late 1950s and early 1960s with the release of hit singles such as “Try Me“, “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World“.

Brown’s musical style developed during the 1960s, taking on the form of R&B, soul and funk. His  music was also heavily influenced by African-American music, including blues and gospel.

In the late 1960s, James Brown began incorporating elements of rock and roll into his music, creating a style known as “funk rock”. His 1970 single “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” became one of his most iconic songs and is often considered one of the greatest songs of all time.

He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. His music continues to be widely celebrated, and he is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.

Backing Tracks – Get Up Offa That Thing  …   I Got You (I Feel Good)  …   It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World  …   Living In America  …  Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag  …  Please Please Please  …  Sex Machine  …  The Boss  …  

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