In Honor of Black History Month: James Brown
post by Ashli Prescott
In Honor of Black History Month: James Brown (1933-2006)
American Recording Artist and Musician
"The Godfather of Soul"
Ladies and Gentlemen: The Godfather of Soul. We can almost hear the shouts and applause in our minds when we think about the wonder that is James Brown. His stage presence; his life presence-anyone who was lucky enough to cross his path in their lifetime has truly been touched by greatness. Sources refer to him as one of the founding fathers of funk; rightfully so. His humble beginnings started on the gospel circuit where he became the leader of an R&B group called The Avons that was later re-named the Famous Flames. He then made the transition to developing funk music with infamous hits like, "Get Up" and "The Payback." His mark on the world was further solidified with songs that illuminated the trials of society, such as the 1968 hit, "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud." Brown was arguably one of the best entertainers of the century and will sustain that title forever in history. His ability to lift spirits and make just about anyone get up and dance will not soon be forgotten.
"The one thing that can solve most of our problems, is dancing." -James Brown
Which inspirational music artist makes you want to get up and dance?
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