James Brown would have been 80 years old today, but who cares? What's worth remembering is not how many hits he had, how many millions he made and lost, or how many times he voted for Richard Nixon. No, when we talk about James Brown, we're talking about indisputably the single most important musician of the twentieth century: The man who forever separated popular music from melody. Motherfucker also mashed potatoes, camel-walked, Detroit-pimped and a danced a thousand other dances -- we don't have time to count those either, but here are some of our favorites.
And finally, these two are from Brown's Soul Train appearance in '73:
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.