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Wrote songs that have a special niche in pop music history including "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," "Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud," "Sex Machine," and "I Got You (I Feel Good)." 


Worldwide, he has been the number one force in the music industry, the biggest cat indeed, the Godfather of Soul, the one and only James Brown. His career as entertainer and songwriter stretches back to another era of music; when soul songs and performances were just beginning to "cross over" from the more traditional rhythm and blues charts to the pop entries.

Two-time Grammy Award winner and inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Brown's initial recordings helped move rhythm and blues music into the mainstream. Interestingly, despite the fact that he is the writer of virtually every song he recorded, Brown is still principally known as a concert performer, singer and recording artist.

As an artist/composer, Brown is regarded as having been an influential factor in the careers of many headline-writer-performers of the day, including Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Prince, M.C. Hammer and Sting, among many others.

As a singer, Brown's style evolved over the years but never strayed from his roots in gospel and soul music. He achieved a wide international following among fans of many races and cultures. Beginning with his first significant record release of "I'll Go Crazy" in 1960, virtually every James Brown record has been a hit, among them 74 R&B Top 20 entries, including 17 number ones and total sales of more than 50 million records.

At age 20, Brown joined a group known as The Gospel Starlighters. With the presence of Brown a factor, the group made a stylistic switch out of gospel and on to the more broad-based rhythm…

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Discography Highlights

SAY IT LOUD-I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD Alfred Ellis, James Brown
Dynatone Publishing Co.

GODFATHER OF SOUL Bobby Byrd, James Brown, Ron Lenhoff, Lesette Wilson
Dynatone Publishing Co.

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