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James Brown

What's in a name?

When it comes to James Brown, the name is all you need. He's Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite and then some. He is the indefatigable forefather of soul, funk and rap, and a performer like no other. More on rockhall.com...

Books

Interview with author R.J. Smith on Rock Book Show

Author RJ Smith talks to Rock Book Show about his new biography of James Brown The One: The Life and Music of James Brown. Here, they talk about Brown and Little Richard, Brown's hair pact with Al Sharpton, and what Brown's legacy will be.

Audio

Interview with R.J. Smith on Bullseye

R.J. Smith is a former senior editor at Los Angeles Magazine and a music journalist who's written for the Village Voice and Spin. For his latest project, he took on the task of profiling the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. Smith's extensive biography, called The One: The Life and Music of James Brown follows the musician from his childhood, raised in a whorehouse, wearing burlap sack underwear, to stardom, and then to reinvention. Download or listen here

Video

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2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Bobby Bennett of the Famous Flames

The Famous Flames  provided vocals and choreography for James Brown from their formation in 1953 until their departure in 1968. The Famous Flames were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. 

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