James Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American R&B and funk singer. He was known as the "Godfather of Soul", not to be confused with Marlon Brando's character in the movie The Godfather. He was born in Barnwell, South Carolina and grew up in Georgia. When he was 16, he was convicted of armed robbery, for which he spent three years in a youth detention center. Four of Brown's albums were in Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2006 Brown died. There was a public memorial service at Apollo Theater. Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Prince were there. In 1993 Brown was in The Simpsons episode Bart's Inner Child. Brown's most well known song is "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine".
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