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John "Jabo" Starks (left) and Clyde Stubblefield laid the grooves on many of James Brown's biggest hits. Here, they clown around on the cover of their joint DVD, Soul of the Funky Drummers.
January 5, 2015 Clyde Stubblefield and Jabo Starks should have been rivals: James Brown hired both of them to do one job. Instead, they stuck together, and laid the foundation for modern funk drumming in the process.
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James Brown performs onstage at the TAMI Show on December 29, 1964 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California.
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October 24, 2014 The new HBO documentary Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown traces the singer's career through the words of writers, musicians and former employees.
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March 31, 2012 Brown was a music industry survivor, but he wasn't as indestructible as he seemed to believe. RJ Smith's new biography The One presents the soul godfather as an unparalleled performer undone by drugs and violence.
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John Leguizamo is currently touring on his one man show Ghetto Klown.
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March 7, 2012 The eclectic performer's show Ghetto Klown features the music he grew up with, from Hector Lavoe to Kool Moe Dee. Leguizamo shares his favorite songs and thoughts about being Latino in Hollywood today.
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December 21, 2010 Hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share some of the tunes that get them in the mood for warm cookies, hot cocoa, and Santa Claus. Grab a blanket and curl up in front of the computer.
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Bob gets into the spirit of the season with his battery-operated, LCD Christmas tree.
December 13, 2010 The All Songs Considered annual Holiday Music Mix goes up next week. But if you can't wait that long, you can get your own copy of the program a week early. Just subscribe to the All Songs Considered podcast.
October 16, 2008 It should come as no surprise that James Brown has inspired countless tributes and covers, both good and bad. Explore five of the most unusual and exceptional examples, from inspired tributes to psychedelic reinventions.
July 10, 2008 The estate of the late "Godfather of Soul" says Corbis Corp. violated James Brown's right of publicity by selling photos of him. Corbis has asked the Illinois Legislature to pass a law to protect its business of selling celebrity photos.
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December 25, 2007 On the first anniversary of the death of soul singer James Brown, we learn about a recent unprecedented memorial celebration called Function at Princeton Junction. This scholarly gathering of writers, musicians, and critics took a look at and a listen to the music of James Brown. Music critic Robert Christgau was part of the conference and has these thoughts on the Godfather of Soul.
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May 4, 2007 Singer James Brown would have turned 74 yesterday. Don Lemon, anchor for CNN Newsroom talks to Tony Cox about James Brown, Say it Proud, a new CNN documentary that explores Brown's complicated musical and political legacy.
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