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Today In Music History – Two musical icons were born both went on to greatly influence music

James Brown often referred to as the “Godfather Of Soul” was born May 3rd, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina.  An American singer, songwriter, record producer and bandleader his music is still widely played and celebrated today.  James Brown is known to be the founder of funk music.  In 1960 James Brown covered and revamped one of his favorite songs by “5” Royals called “Think”.  This was later realized by fans as a turning point in music history.
And so it began – Funk music….
“5” Royals – Think
James Brown – Think
Listen to both and hear the stunning vocals and brilliant musical interpretation by James Brown.  The original version is fantastic, absolutely, but James Brown adds an element to the song that hadn’t yet been heard in music.  Throughout the years his sound was well crafted, unique and trailblazing for many musicians to come.
James Brown overcame many personal and professional challenges throughout his career, he released numerous smash hits and created a sound like no other.  His influence is still heard in music today.  It is safe to say that James Brown impacted music greatly.
franki valli
Franki Valli
Known for his unmistakable, powerful falsetto voice, Franki Valli has certainly impacted the music world.  Born on May 3rd, 1934 in Newark N.J, he is known best as Frankie Valli and The Four Season’s.  Along with the band they released numerous chart topping hits such as “Sherry”, “Walk like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry” to name a few.  Frankie Valli also has had a very successful solo career with songs like “My Eyes adored You” and “Grease”.
In 2005 Jersey Boy’s the Toni award winning musical was released.  The musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.  Dedicated fans as well as an interested younger generation of music fans loved the musical.  It was such a hit that years later it was released as a movie and  Franki Valli and The Four Seasons once again became a popular Google search.  Franki Valli remains one of the biggest names in music and he continues to write music and perform, in fact he is scheduled to play in Toronto Saturday May 21, at the Sony Centre.

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