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James Brown (2003 Kennedy Center Honoree)

James Brown

Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Mr. Dynamite-all these titles describe just one man. James Brown is arguably the most influential African-American musician in popular music in the past half-century and one of the most dynamic, exhilarating performers of our time. Singer Bonnie Raitt has said, "You couldn't even list how many people have been influenced by him. In the Mount Rushmore of musical figures, he'd definitely be on it.