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Brown, James

Soul-singer James Brown was born in Barnwell County, South Carolina on May 3, 1933, but he grew up in Augusta, Georgia. In the early 1950s, Brown sang with a group in Macon that became known as the Flames. In November 1955, they recorded “Please, Please, Please,” which in 1956 reached number 6 on the rhythm-and-blues chart and went on to become the first of over 20 million sellers for the “godfather of soul.” In 1983, Brown was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. He died of congestive heart failure in Atlanta on Dec. 25, 2006.