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Friday, May 3, 2013

James Brown Would Have Been 80 Years Old Today, the Man Could Dance (GIFs)

Posted By on Fri, May 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

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.

The above were from this James Brown dance lessons video and below, from the legendary 1964 T.A.M.I. Show:

And finally, these two are from Brown's Soul Train appearance in '73:

See also: Review: The James Brown Tribute Soul Brothers & Sisters! Funkifies Off Broadway, Friday, April 30

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