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1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee James Brown

James Brown

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Hall of Fame Essay


Michael Hill

James Brown once said of Elvis Presley, “He taught white America to get down.” Brown himself did Elvis one better in that regard: he encouraged ev­eryone to do it. Brown, an indefatigable performer who still maintains a grueling  touring schedule for has fine-tuned funk revue, has earned many titles over the years.

He’s been called “the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business.” As an impoverished child of the De­pression, Brown  picked cotton, shined shoes and danced for spare change on the streets. He also served time in a reformatory and  tried his hand at boxing and baseball. When a leg injury put an end to his big-league pitching aspirations, Brown turned to music.

The Program Cover from the 1986 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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a man whose individual style of singing, writing, playing, and moving - second to none.

Steve Winwood



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