Watch "Unsung: The James Brown Story"

He is known universally as "The Godfather Of Soul" but he is also the undisputed "King Of Funk," an American original whose pioneering work has literally helped shape the course of contemporary music. His catalog of classic recordings have made him the most sampled recording artist in history and without any doubt, the rap and hip-hop movement finds its very genesis in his music. He is an American national treasure whose influence on 20th century black culture is inestimable.

He is known universally as "The Godfather Of Soul" but he is also the undisputed "King Of Funk," an American original whose pioneering work has literally helped shape the course of contemporary music. His catalog of classic recordings have made him the most sampled recording artist in history and without any doubt, the rap and hip-hop movement finds its very genesis in his music. He is an American national treasure whose influence on 20th century black culture is inestimable.

A leader who played a key role in the civil rights movement of the 60s and gave voice to a people discovering self-pride, economic freedom and political empowerment in the 70s. He is also a globally-recognized entertainer who has justifiably earned the nickname "the hardest working man in show business' just a few years into a momentous recording career that has included no less than 119 charted singles and more than 50 best-selling albums. He has sold literally millions of records since "Please, Please, Please" first dominated the airwaves and the charts in 1956. He was justifiably inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986 and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement by The Recording Academy in 1992. But beyond the hundreds of accolades and awards he received over his six decades as a chartmaker, his is a household name from Lagos, Nigeria to London, England and from his early home of Augusta, Georgia to Accra, Ghana.

Beyond legendary status, Mr. James Brown is simply a worldwide icon. READ MORE

 

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