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James Brown, the R&B legend who died Christmas morning in Atlanta at age 73, was an avowed country music fan who once played a show at the Grand Ole Opry.

Opry mainstay Porter Wagoner was instrumental in getting Brown, often called the "Godfather of Soul," his shot on the Opry on March 10,1979. The R&B singer performed "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Tennessee Waltz" along with his own hit, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." According to several reports, several Opry members, including Roy Acuff, were displeased with Brown's appearance. Porter, however, raved that, "[Brown] focused attention on the Opry stage from all over the world."

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