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James Brown
May 3, 1933 Singer James Brown, "The Godfather of Soul" is born in either Macon, Georgia or Barnwell, SC
  City of Macon, Georgia
  James Brown
November 1, 1955 James Brown and the Famous Flames record Please, Please, Please at WIBB in Macon
  City of Macon, Georgia
  James Brown
January 23, 1956 Singer James Brown signed by King/Federal label
  James Brown
February 4, 1956 James Brown and the Famous Flames record Please, Please, Please in Cincinnati, Ohio
  James Brown
October 1, 1958 James Brown first #1 hit, Try Me, is released
  James Brown
October 24, 1962 James Brown records Live at the Apollo
  James Brown
February 1, 1964 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, an influential cross-over hit for James Brown is released
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January 11, 1986 Living In America, the theme from Rocky IV, reaches number 3 on the pop charts, making it singer James Brown's best performance on the charts since 1965
  James Brown
January 23, 1986 Ray Charles and James Brown are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as two of the first ten performing inductees.
  Ray Charles
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December 15, 1988 Singer James Brown is sentenced to six years in prison on a wide variety of charges.
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February 27, 1991 Singer James Brown is released from prison after serving less than 3 years of a six year sentence
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May 8, 2005 James Brown dedicates statue of himself in downtown Augusta
  City of Augusta, Georgia
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December 25, 2006 Singer James Brown dies
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The self-appointed "Godfather of Soul," James Brown is a legend in Georgia music, as attested to his 1983 induction into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Macon. He has had 94 individual recordings make it into Billboard's "Hot 100" and 17 #1 hits. He began to perform professionally in the Toccoa (Stephens County) area. His influence on the genre can still be seen today in the music of TLC, The Beastie Boys and LL Cool J.

Brown's problems with the law may have also influenced the genre, as repeated run-ins with the law plague many of today's stars, but there is no way to track this.






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