The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Jan. 23, 2012.
By United Press International
James Brown joins Ga. Radio Hall of Fame

James Brown joins Ga. Radio Hall of Fame

ATLANTA, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- The late James Brown was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Atlanta, the organization said.

Squirrel swipes police memorial flags

TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Investigators in Ohio said small flags have been disappearing from a police memorial and officers have identified a suspect -- a squirrel.

Chicago man held in killing at carwash

CHICAGO, March 28 (UPI) -- A Chicago man is in jail on charges of killing a carwash worker who accused him of not tipping, prosecutors said.

False teeth come back to bite man

SACRAMENTO, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- California police say they nabbed a man who fled the scene of an accident because he left his false teeth in the stolen car he was driving.

Black stars' enclave gets landmark status

NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission Tuesday named a Queens neighborhood -- which housed Jackie Robinson and James Brown -- a historic district.

'Sunny' composer Bobby Hebb dead at 72

NASHVILLE, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Singer-songwriter Bobby Hebb has died at Nashville's Centennial Medical Center, his family said. He was 72.

Trapped motorist rescued from sinking car

LONDON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Taxi driver James Brown said his concern for a trapped motorist prompted him to leap into frigid waters to rescue a woman from a sinking car in England.
James Brown's ex son-in-law slain

James Brown's ex son-in-law slain

ATLANTA, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Atlanta police say the former son-in-law of late soul singer James Brown may have been slain in a contract killing related to the victim's business dealings.

New York braces for layoffs

NEW YORK, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Falling corporate profits could translate soon to a downturn in the job market in the greater New York area, a state official said.

Church on front line of Alzheimer's battle

JACKSONVILLE, N.C., Oct. 23 (UPI) -- An African-American church in North Carolina is leading an effort to fight off the onset of Alzheimer's disease and cognitive decline in the elderly.

Black anthem remembered 40 years later

BOCA RATON, Fla., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The black anthem, "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud," is still important 40 years after it was first released, a Florida radio station manager says.

Toddler makes late-night candy run

PRESTON, England, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- An English 3-year-old hungry for candy in the middle of the night set off for the sweet shop, leaving his parents and brother sound asleep at home.
Seattle's famed Washington Hall for sale

Seattle's famed Washington Hall for sale

SEATTLE, June 30 (UPI) -- Washington Hall, where Fats Domino, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington played back when black performers weren't welcome in Seattle's white venues, is for sale.

Woman faked cancer to scam boyfriend

GLASGOW, Scotland, June 5 (UPI) -- A woman has admitted in a Scottish court that she conned a sympathetic lover out of thousands of pounds by pretending to have terminal cancer.
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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)

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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