Regarding James Brown...
-in the early years, was with "The Gospel Starlighters", "The Avons", and the "The Famous Flames", changing from gospel to R&B
-was widely considered a legend in his own time. Musicians Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, and Bobby Bird all played with and for Brown.
-was active in late 1960's and '70's political affairs, representing "for african-americans and the poor."
-served at least two separate jail terms - gaining early releases and serving 5 years (was sentenced up to 9.
-was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Grammy Awards Show.
James Brown had quite an effect on popular music, a legendary performer, on the road right up until his sudden death.
Along the spiritual lines - some read of his life and curiously wonder if James Brown was a "sinner"? was he a "saint"? I don't know...He reportedly told those close by him the night he died that he was "...going away tonight."
There is much more to the James Brown story - way beyond these few details. With these limitations in mind....in regard to James Brown - I don't think lightening will strike twice - at least not of this particular form - and not in the same place.