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12/25/06

'Godfather of Soul' Influenced Generations of Performers

James Brown said as a kid, he "wanted to be somebody."

Mission accomplished.

He both created a career for himself and influenced generations of singers with his raw, funky style. Brown died early today at an Atlanta hospital. He was 73.

If you've seen Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson or Prince strut around on stage, you saw Brown's legacy. His high-energy performances earned him the title: "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business."

Though often denied the credit due him, Brown received several honors. He won three Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award in 1992. And he was one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Brown's triumphs came despite personal troubles. He did a couple of prison terms, one spanning more than two years. He also often faced charges of abusing drugs and alcohol.

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