James Brown earned his title of the Godfather of Soul via his other title, the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business, and he ruled his funk empire like a Mafia don, exuding both discipline and generosity. In his five-decade career, Brown was a performer, bandleader, and label and radio station owner; he nurtured the careers of many musicians, including his band, the J.B.’s, and singers Lyn Collins, Vicki Anderson, and Hank Ballard. From his debut with the Famous Flames in 1955 until his death on Christmas Day 2006, he influenced soul, pop, funk, and hip-hop artists around the globe. And who could top his intricate shuffling dance moves? Brown and his offshoots’ music can easily fill four hours or more with soul-satisfying... More >>>