● James Brown:
James Brown is a musical icon born May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina. Brown became the originator of funk music and was referred to as the “Godfather of Soul”. He was one of the first 10 artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during its inaugural dinner January 23, 1986. His career, having lasted nearly 50 years, was full of hit records like “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”. 17 of his singles reached the charts and he often created songs that resonated with the time such as “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”. Brown died Christmas day in 2006 leaving a legacy of soulful and funky music, and dance moves that ignited a flame in the industry like no other.