In 1969, Lee Fields introduced himself with a crackling cover of James Brown's "Bewildered," so faithful to the 1961 original that he earned the nickname "Little J.B." Through the decades that followed, filled with collector's-item indie releases and chitlin-circuit tours, his voice accumulated grit and heartbreak, and Fields became a genre idol himself, resurrected by the so-called deep funk movement that later birthed revivalists Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Charles Bradley.

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