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James Brown (1933-2006), commonly referred to as "the Godfather of Soul" and "the Hardest Working Man in Show Business", was a singer recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century popular music. He was renowned for his shouting vocals, feverish dancing and unique rhythmic style.

His song "Get Up Offa That Thing" was featured on the soundtrack to the 1999 film Muppets from Space.

The instrumental song "Night Train" was the opening number on episode 206 of The Muppet Show.


  • A Sesame Street animated caricature of Brown is featured in a series of "Soul" alphabet skits.
  • In the Abby's Flying Fairy School episode "The Cinderella Challenge", Abby and Gonnigan need a rhyme with "gown" to make one for Blogg. One rhyme they make is "James Brown", that gives Blogg a James Brown outfit and hair and he starts singing in Brown's style.

Song parodies