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JAMES BROWN STATUE (Broad Street between Eighth and Ninth streets) This life-size bronze statue was erected in 2005 to honor the Godfather of Soul. After his death, the site became a place for many to pay their last respects. Visiting the James Brown statue won’t cost you a dime, but you might want to devote some extra time for all of the photos you’ll take. RAINIER EHRHARDT/FILE

JAMES BROWN STATUE (Broad Street between Eighth and Ninth streets) This life-size bronze statue was erected in 2005 to honor the Godfather of Soul. After his death, the site became a place for many to pay their last respects. Visiting the James Brown statue won’t cost you a dime, but you might want to devote some extra time for all of the photos you’ll take. RAINIER EHRHARDT/FILE

“Soul Brother #1,”The Godfather of Soul,” “Mr. Dynamite,” “Sex Machine,” “The Minister of the New New Super Heavy Funk.” These are some of the names by which the world would eventually know James Joseph Brown, Jr., the revolutionary musical figure who was born on this day in 1933.

"I'm going away tonight" Said by James Brown to his longtime manager Charles Bobbit just before dying of congestive heart failure. Considered "the Godfather of Soul," Brown passed away on Christmas morning in 2006 at the age of

James "Yank" Rachel

April James "Yank" Rachell died in Indianapolis, Indiana. Rachell was born on a farm outside of Brownsville, Tennessee on March

Willie Nelson. artist portrait guitar

I've included this picture because Willie Nelson is a great example of country music at it's best. If a band of country music were to look for inspiration, Willie Nelson would be a great icon to look up at.

Esquerita

The fabulous and incomparable Esquerita. No man will ever take his rightful title of King of the Hair Hoppers.

"Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong." —Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald, Photograph by Carl Van Vechten. Courtesy of the Carl Van Vechten Trust/Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Libra.

James Brown - "The Godfather of Soul" from Augusta, GA

James Joseph Brown (May 1933 – December

Skip James

Nehemiah Curtis “Skip” James (June 1902 – October was an American delta blues singer, guitarist, pianist and songwriter.

Robert Lockwood, Jr., also known as Robert Junior Lockwood, (March 27, 1915 – November 21, 2006) was a Delta blues guitarist, who recorded for Chess Records among other Chicago labels in the 1950s and 1960s. He is best known as a longtime collaborator with Sonny Boy Williamson II and for his work in the mid-1950s with Little Walter.

Robert Lockwood, Jr., also known as Robert Junior Lockwood, (March 27, 1915 – November 21, 2006) was a Delta blues guitarist, who recorded for Chess Records among other Chicago labels in the 1950s and 1960s. He is best known as a longtime collaborator with Sonny Boy Williamson II and for his work in the mid-1950s with Little Walter.

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