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James Brown: Life in pictures

James Brown performing in 1972

James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul", who died on Christmas Day, is pictured in customary pose performing in Westbury, New York, in 1972.

James Brown with fans in London in 1966

Brown was a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, touring many times in the UK.

James Brown in concert in 1981

Brown's hits continued through the 70s and 80s, and new fans were drawn to his pioneering funk catalogue.

James Brown in court in 2002

Brown often brushed with the law. In 2002 he was in court on sexual harassment charges.

James Brown in 2003

The singer, pictured in 2003, led a colourful life and was twice imprisoned.

James Brown at Alexandra Palace in Nov 2006

James Brown visited the UK as recently as November 2006, performing at the UK Music Hall of Fame at Alexandra Palace.

James brown in Scotland in 2000

James Brown appeared at a number of UK festivals, including T in the Park in 2000.

Bob Geldof and James Brown at Live 8

James Brown was one of the artist who took part in the Live 8 concerts in July 2005.

Hollywood Walk of Fame

The singer, who influenced many contemporary musicians, dances a few steps on a new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.

James Brown in action in Jakarta in 2005

The singer styled himself Soul Brother Number One and enjoyed a string of hits including I Got You and Get Up.

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