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What genre of music did James Brown make, soul music or funk?

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Both. His earlier records are definitely Soul Music. Songs like Please Please Please were Soul classics. But then he became the Funk King we know and love. read more

With some 800 songs in his repertoire, James Brown has influenced contemporary artists from virtually every popular music genre — rock, soul, jazz, R&B. His polyrhythmic funk vamps virtually reshaped dance music, and his impact on hip-hop, in particular, was huge; in the music's early years, Brown was by far the most sampled artist. read more

Funk music is an amalgam of soul music, soul jazz, R&B, and Afro-Cuban rhythms absorbed and reconstituted in New Orleans. Like other styles of African-American musical expression including jazz, soul music and R&B, funk music accompanied many protest movements during and after the Civil Rights Movement. read more

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Further Research

70's Funk Classics
www.allmusic.com

History of Soul Music
www.englishclub.com

James Brown Biography
www.rollingstone.com