James Brown - An American recording artist and musician :: He is one of the founding fathers of funk music, and he largely influenced the development of several music genres. James Brown is the "The Godfather of Soul". Photographed by Allan Tannenbaum
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".
James Brown, via Rolling Stone, Born May 3rd, 1933 (died December 25th, 2006) Key Tracks I Got You (I Feel Good), Papas Got a Brand New Bag, The Payback, Give It Up or Turnit a Loose Influenced Michael Jackson, Sly Stone, Prince, George Clinton