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James Brown: The Godfather of Soul (1964)

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The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

The Godfather of Soul. Mr Dynamite. The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. Whatever you called him, James Brown is a music legend.

With songs that ran the gamut from R&B to soul to a bit of rock and roll — and generally considered the originator of funk music, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who isn’t familiar with him. With notable albums released in four different decades and even an appearance in 1986’s Rocky IV, James Brown was a true American cultural icon.

While Brown is often remembered for his vocal and instrumental prowess, it shouldn’t be forgotten that the man could straight up dance — which is extremely evident in this undated first video from his early career. Look at that footwork!

I Feel Good

Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

Also check out his performance of “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” on the 1964 TV show “Shindig!”

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