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Octavia Spencer plays James Brown's aunt in 'Get On Up'

Octavia Spencer plays James Brown's aunt in 'Get On Up'

NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (UPI) --Octavia Spencer says she signed on to play James Brown's aunt in the bio-picture "Get On Up," in large part, because his was a story that hadn't been told.
Karen Butler
Dan Aykroyd recalls seeing James Brown perform at a Montreal bar in 1968

Dan Aykroyd recalls seeing James Brown perform at a Montreal bar in 1968

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) --Dan Aykroyd, who plays James Brown's manager in "Get On Up," says he spent an unforgettable night with friends watching the music icon perform on stage.
Karen Butler
Chadwick Boseman channels James Brown in 'Get On Up'

Chadwick Boseman channels James Brown in 'Get On Up'

NEW YORK, July 31 (UPI) --Chadwick Boseman admits there was no easy part to playing funk music legend James Brown in the biopic "Get On Up."
Karen Butler
James Brown was 'annoyed' when Stones closed show instead of him, says Mick Jagger

James Brown was 'annoyed' when Stones closed show instead of him, says Mick Jagger

NEW YORK, July 26 (UPI) --Mick Jagger says he remembers the night his band the Rolling Stones closed a multi-artist show featuring James Brown in the early 1960s.
Karen Butler
Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in 'Get on Up' clip

Chadwick Boseman stars as James Brown in 'Get on Up' clip

LOS ANGELES, July 24 (UPI) --Chadwick Boseman plays the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown in the upcoming film "Get on Up."
Aileen Graef
James Brown biopic 'Get On Up' releases first trailer

James Brown biopic 'Get On Up' releases first trailer

March 14 (UPI) -- Universal Pictures promises music, dancing and drama in the first trailer for upcoming James Brown biopic "Get On Up."
Annie Martin

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.
By United Press International

Apple founder Steve Jobs up for commemorative postage stamp

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The face of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs may be before the public next year, appearing on a commemorative U.S. postage stamp, the Washington Post reported.
Tony Gonzalez in; Marino, Sharpe out of CBS NFL show

Tony Gonzalez in; Marino, Sharpe out of CBS NFL show

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Tony Gonzalez will join CBS's in-studio program during the NFL season and Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe will leave the show, CBS Sports said.
Tony Gonzalez replacing Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe on 'The NFL Today' on CBS

Tony Gonzalez replacing Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe on 'The NFL Today' on CBS

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- CBS will replace Dan Marino and Shannon Sharpe on "The NFL Today" with Tony Gonzalez.
Evan Bleier
Dan Aykroyd sworn in as Mississippi sheriff's reserve deputy

Dan Aykroyd sworn in as Mississippi sheriff's reserve deputy

JACKSON, Miss., Jan. 27 (UPI) -- "Saturday Night Live" star Dan Aykroyd said he had "fallen in love" with Mississippi while filming there.
Kate Stanton

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.
By United Press International
Kate Moss celebrates 40th bithday with husband, celebrity friends

Kate Moss celebrates 40th bithday with husband, celebrity friends

Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Kate Moss turned 40 Thursday. And to celebrate her special day the renowned model threw a lunch party for her closest friends.
Veronica Linares

Veteran charged for trying to bring gun on plane

CHICAGO, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- A 25-year-old military veteran was arrested at Chicago's Midway Airport for allegedly trying to board a plane with a loaded gun, officials said.
Nighy and Curtis reunite for a fourth outing with 'About Time'

Nighy and Curtis reunite for a fourth outing with 'About Time'

NEW YORK, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- British actor Bill Nighy says he is always happy to hear from Richard Curtis, the writer-director who hired him for the films "Love Actually," "The Girl in the Cafe," "Pirate Radio" and the new release, "About Time."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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Legendary soul/funk artist James Brown, seen in this July 4, 2006 file photo performing in London, died in Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta early December 25, 2006 at the age of 73. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad/File)
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James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer and songwriter. Eventually referred to as "The Godfather of Soul", Brown started singing in gospel groups and worked his way on up. He has been recognized as one of the most iconic figures in the 20th century popular music and was renowned for his vocals and feverish dancing. He was also called "the hardest-working man in show business".

A prolific singer, songwriter, dancer and bandleader, Brown was a pivotal force in the music industry, leaving his mark on numerous artists."Even as his own career declined during the height of the golden age of hip hop, Brown's work found new life in the form of digital sampling; he would go on to become the most sampled artist in the history of the genre. Brown's music also influenced the rhythms of African popular music, such as afrobeat, jùjú and mbalax, and provided a template for go-go music.

Brown began his professional music career in 1956 and rose to fame during the late 1950s and early 1960s on the strength of his thrilling live performances and string of smash hits. In spite of various personal problems and setbacks he continued to score hits in every decade through the 1980s. In addition to his acclaim in music, Brown was also a presence in American political affairs during the 1960s and 1970s.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "James Brown."
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