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When James Brown died two years ago on Christmas Day, the Nashville record producer Steve Buckingham dove into his collection of videos of the artist to console a distraught friend.

The footage shocked Mr. Buckingham's friend, a 23-year-old singer-songwriter who counted the Godfather of Soul as one of her biggest influences.

"She had no idea," says Mr. Buckingham, that Brown was also an important political figure who played in Boston the night after Martin Luther King Jr. was