James Brown- Mr. Dynamite, Soul Brother number 1, The Godfather of Soul- is one of the most legendary and influential artists of the 20th century and beyond. Beyond being one of the founding fathers of funk, without his profound influence, we wouldn't have hip hop, rock and roll, soul, or r&B as we know it today. Both his songwriting and prowess as a performer influenced and continues to influence artists across the spectrum—from the Who and the Beatles to the Black Keys and Beck. On this station, we will explore his musical family tree: his Gospel roots, his rise to become the Godfather of Soul, his contemporaries, and his legacy. This is James Brown: DNA.