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1971: JAMES BROWN Interview | Late Night Line-Up | Classic Celebrity Interviews | BBC Archive

“It’s the word ‘can’t’ that makes you a soul singer.” – James Brown

The Godfather of Soul, James Brown discusses music, poverty and fighting, with Michael Dean on Late Night Line-Up.

Originally broadcast 12 March, 1971.

00:00 What was the first music you ever heard?
00:30 When did you start playing?
01:26 Childhood poverty
04:04 Giving something back
04:48 His boxing career
06:04 Soul music
06:44 Singing influences
07:42 How do you define soul music?

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