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.
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