James Brown

James Brown

 

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James Joseph Brown[1] (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".[2] In a career that lasted 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres.[3]

Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. He joined an R&B vocal group, the Gospel Starlighters (which later evolved into the Flames), in which he was the lead singer.[4][5] First coming to national public attention in the late 1950s as a member of the singing group The Famous Flames with the hit ballads "Please, Please, Please" and "Try Me", Brown built a reputation as a tireless live performer with the Famous Flames and his backing band, sometimes known as the James Brown Band or the James Brown Orchestra. His success peaked in the 1960s with the live album Live at the Apollo and hit singles such as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "It's a Man's Man's Man's World". During the late 1960s he moved from a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly "Africanized" approach to music-making that influenced the development of funk music.[6] By the early 1970s, Brown had fully established the funk sound after the formation of the J.B.s with records such as "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" and "The Payback". He also became noted for songs of social commentary, including the 1968 hit "Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud". Brown continued to perform and record until his death from congestive heart failure in 2006.

Brown recorded 16 singles that reached number one on the Billboard R&B charts.[7] He also holds the record for the most singles listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which did not reach number one.[8][9] Brown has received honors from many institutions, including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.[10] In Joel Whitburn's analysis of the Billboard R&B charts from 1942 to 2010, James Brown is ranked as number one in The Top 500 Artists.[11] He is ranked seventh on the music magazine Rolling Stone's list of its 100 greatest artists of all time. Rolling Stone has also cited Brown as the most sampled artist of all time.[12][13]

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Highlights24

The Blues Brothers
 
The Famous Flames
 
It's a Man's Man's Man's World
 
"It's a Man's Man's Man's World" is a song by James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome.
Living in America
 
"Living in America" is a 1985 song composed by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight and performed by James Brown.

Photos - James Brown1000

Popular Albums145

Album Appearances & References35

Popular Live Albums7

Popular Songs94

Song Appearances & References24

Musical Groups4

Musical Group References2

Minor Film Appearances & References17

TV Shows7

Video Game References3

Collaborators & Influencers57

Other Music-Related Relationships28

Other Film-Related Relationships5

Personal & Professional Relationships8

Commercial & Non-Profit Relationships5

Awards & Nominations6

Events2

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Videos15

Spotify - Albums & Singles529

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Appears On28

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Spotify - Top Tracks10

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

News Articles9

Why Did James Brown Have Two Drummers? (and what bands have Double Drums)
  –  November 27, 2017
This is not to be confused with “double-drumming” (notice the hyphen) which was an early technique allowing one musician ... James Brown may not have been the first band leader to employ two drummers, but his decision to do so changed the game in music.
Why Did James Brown Have Two Drummers? (and what bands have Double Drums)
  –  November 27, 2017
But why would James Brown need two drummers? Known as “double drumming,” the practice of having two drummers became very popular in both jazz, and rock and roll ... and through four Blues Music Awards and a Grammy, they have employed the drumming ...
Band Members of Trey Anastasio, Talib Kweli, & Jack White Added To James Brown Dance Party NYE Lineup
  –  November 22, 2017
Adam and Matthew Chase (Jazz is PHSH), features a rotating cast of prolific all-star musicians whose goal is to keep the spirit-lifting music of James Brown alive and well. For this double-header New Year’s Eve, the band will be offering up two back ...
Why Did James Brown Have Two Drummers? (and what bands have Double Drums)
  –  November 27, 2017
James Brown may not have been the first band leader to employ two drummers, but his decision to do so changed the game in music. From 38 Special to Joe Walsh, dozens of acts now bless our ears with the combined unique talents of two drummers.
'Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown' Seamlessly Blends Music And History Of Soul Brother #1
  –  November 24, 2017
Welp, Chris Brown is in the headlines yet again. Not for hitting anyone this time (phew!), but to promote his new crazy-long album (nearly three hours) and a documentary, Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life (currently available to stream on Netflix) about ...
Band Members of Trey Anastasio, Talib Kweli, & Jack White Added To James Brown Dance Party NYE Lineup
  –  November 22, 2017
Adam and Matthew Chase (Jazz is PHSH), features a rotating cast of prolific all-star musicians whose goal is to keep the spirit-lifting music of James Brown alive and well. For this double-header New Year’s Eve, the band will be offering up two back ...
James Brown Thanksgiving turkey tradition continues
  –  November 20, 2017
A tradition started by Augusta music legend James Brown in 1991 continued Monday with the distribution of about 300 turkeys to residents in need. “It’s a wonderful tradition that Mr. Brown started,” said W.E. Lofton, who lives in the Bethlehem ...
Bootsy Collins on playing with James Brown, learning from Hendrix, and LSD
  –  November 17, 2017
I really liked art, music and gym class, but being in classrooms doing history, social studies and math, I wasn’t so good with that. How would you define funk? I’ll give you an example. You have a six-string guitar. James Brown says he needs a bass player.
The quiet unassuming man who influenced James Brown
  –  November 15, 2017
development, and popularization of Afro-pop, Nigerian saxophonist Orlando Julius has influenced artists such as Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti and James Brown. Lopa Kothari talks to Orlando and his wife Latoya Aduke about his legacy and music at Womex 2017

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