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James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul". In a career that lasted over 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres.Wiegand, D. (December 26, 2006). James Brown: 1933–2006 – Godfather of Soul Changed Music at Frenetic Pace. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 10, 2007.

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