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Agent: James Brown hospitalized with pneumonia

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• NEW: Singer James Brown hospitalized with pneumonia, agent says
• NEW: 73-year-old's illness is being called "severe"
• NEW: He was admitted to Emory Crawford Long Hospital
• NEW: Brown canceled shows this week in Connecticut and New Jersey
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ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- James Brown, the legendary singer known as "the Godfather of Soul," is being treated for "severe pneumonia" at an Atlanta hospital, his agent told CNN Sunday.

Brown -- who is 73-years-old -- was admitted to Emory Crawford Long Hospital on over the weekend. He is not in intensive care, said Super Frank, his agent.

Brown is one of the pioneers of soul music, famous for his frenetic dance moves and his piercing vocal style.

"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "Please Please Please" and "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud" are among his many hits.

The singer canceled shows this week in Waterbury, Connecticut, and Englewood, New Jersey, but is expected to be ready to perform again on Saturday at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, New Jersey, Super Frank said.

Brown is scheduled to perform two shows New Year's Eve at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill followed by a stint across Canada in January.

He will also be performing a song for Anderson Cooper's New Year's Eve special on CNN.

Super Frank said Brown was in Atlanta for an appointment with his dentist when his health problems were detected.

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"Godfather of Soul" James Brown is being treated for "severe pneumonia" in an Atlanta hospital.

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