James Brown was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina. He died in 2006. In between, the Godfather of Soul made the world a funkier place. Happy birthday, James Brown, and rest in peace.

From T.A.M.I. Show, 1964:

With Sammy Davis Jr. on Hollywood Palace, 1969:

Averting a riot in Boston on April 5, 1968, after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated:

With Michael Jackson, 1983:

On Soul Train, either 1973 or 1974: