'Godfather of Soul' James Brown, Dec. 25 James Brown, the undeniable "Godfather of Soul," died of heart failure on Christmas morning. He was 73. The pompadoured dynamo's classic singles included "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)." One of the major musical influences of the past 50 years, Brown was to rhythm and dance music what Bob Dylan was to lyrics. From Mick Jagger to Michael Jackson, David Bowie to Public Enemy, Brown's rapid-footed dancing, hard-charging beats and heartfelt yet often unintelligible vocals changed the musical landscape.
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