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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for January 18-24.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Johnnie Ray, who was born in 1927; Ronnie Hawkins in 1935 (age 68); Sal Mineo was born in 1939; Jim Croce was born in 1942; Rod Stewart in 1945 (age 58); Cyril Neville of the Neville Brothers in 1948 (age 55); Steely Dan's Donald
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Earl Scruggs, who was born in 1924 (age 79); Wilbert Harrison, who had a No. 1 hit in 1959 with "Kansas City," was born in 1929; Nino Tempo, one-half of the Nino Tempo and April Stevens duo, in 1937 (age 66); the late Sandy Denny
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for January 4-10.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Cab Calloway, who was born in 1907; the late Chris Kenner was born in 1929; "Little Richard" Penniman, who uses Christmas Day as his birthdate, in 1932 (age 70); the late O'Kelly Isley of the Isley Brothers was born in 1
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Little Esther Phillips, who was born in 1935; guitarist Jorma Kaukonen of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, and Chi-Lites lead singer Eugene Record, both in 1940 (age 62); the late Tim Hardin was born in 1941; Iron Butter
By United Press International

Today in Music--A look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late country singer "Hawkshaw" Hawkins, who was born in 1921; Animals drummer Barry Jenkins in 1944 (age 58); Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen in 1946 (age 56); twins Robin and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees in 1949 (age 53); and Dea
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 21-27.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton, who was born in 1926; David Gates of Bread in 1940 (age 62); Brenda Lee, and Booker Jones of Booker T and the MGs, both in 1944 (age 58); XTC's Andy Partridge in 1953 (age 49); Jermaine Ja
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 7-13.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include John Mayall of the Bluesbreakers, who was born in 1933 (age 69); Chuck Mangione in 1940 (age 62); Dennis Doherty of the Mamas and the Papas, and Rascals keyboardist Felix Cavaliere, both in 1941 (age 61); guitarist Barry Goudreau
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include composer Scott Joplin, "king of ragtime," born in 1858; Jim Yester of the Association, who was born in 1939 (age 63); bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn of the Mar-Keys, Booker T and the M-Gs, and the Blues Brothers, and Pete Best -- the
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Nov. 23-29.
By United Press International

Ashanti gets five American Music noms

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Newcomer Ashanti led the field with five nominations when nominees for the 30th American Music Awards were announced in Beverly Hills Tuesday. Eminem and Nelly

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Dick Smothers of the Smothers Brothers, who was born in 1939 (age 63); the Lettermen's Tony Butalo in 1940 (age 62); Norman Greenbaum in 1942 (age 60); Danny McBride of Sha Na Na in 1945 (age 57); the late Duane Allman was born i
By United Press International
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James Brown
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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