James Brown, musician
May 3, 1933-Dec. 25, 2006
Shake, Rattle and Roll: The Founders of Rock & Roll by Holly George-Warren, illustrated by Laura Levine (Houghton Mifflin, 2001)
"The Hardest Working Man in Show Business" picked cotton, shined shoes, boxed, and played baseball before making it big.
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