"Soul Brother Number One," "The Godfather of Soul," "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," "Mr. Dynamite" -- James Brown had many sobriquets. He turned R&B into Soul and Soul into Funk. He could be listed as the most important artist in any of those genres. Perhaps the most influential American music artist of the latter half of the 20th century.
At the age of 16, Brown was arrested for stealing a car and sentenced to three years in prison. He met singer Bobby Byrd while incarcerated and, with the help of Byrd's family, he gained parole. The two formed a gospel group and later changed their focus to Rhythm and Blues.
New Orleans funk originators.
The first great funk bass player.
The Queen of Funk.
The elemental forces of funk.
The Maestro of P-Funk.
The Freaky One.
All about the groove.
It went from the underground club scene to the mainstream.
Polished sound and sophisticated production.
A genre unto himself.