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Popular Music: Reading Group Summaries Chapter 35: The Godfather of Soul and the Beginnings of Funk James Brown (1933 – 2006) One of the most influential and successful musicians in R&B history - Cultural icon in African American community – demonstrated how crossover success could be achieved w/o forswearing black vernacular - Began w/ the gospel based ‘Flames’ [became James Brown & the Flames] - Trademark – raspy vocal timbre w/ impassioned melismas - In recordings – verse-chorus structures were replaced by sections of irregular length – defined by densely overlapping ostinati played by all instruments - From Interview w/ Bruce Tucker - Influence from churches – audience participation, handclapping, singing – especially found inspiration from Bishop Grace’s House of Prayer Looking at the major influences on Brown’s music/performing style – The Church, films of Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five [particularly the song ‘Caldonia’], minstrel shows, wrestler Gorgeous George [use of a robe] all led Brown to understand the need to develop the band, the stage show, the
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This note was uploaded on 04/01/2010 for the course ARTS muar 392 taught by Professor Simonot during the Spring '10 term at McGill.

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