James Brown

James Brown



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) founded by Bobby Byrd, 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 17 singles that reached number one on the Billboard R&B charts.[7][8] He also holds the record for the most singles listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which did not reach number one.[9][10] Brown has received honors from many institutions, including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13][14]



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.

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Ramblin’ Rhodes: New biography sheds more light on James Brown
  –  January 25, 2018
The announcement that members of James Brown’s past bands would reunite ... books about the South Carolina-born and Augusta-reared singer authored by family members, former band members and music journalists, including myself. This is one of the best ...
Ramblin’ Rhodes: New biography sheds more light on James Brown
  –  January 25, 2018
The announcement that members of James Brown’s past bands would reunite for the fifth annual Major Rager music festival in April comes on top of a new biography about the late soul music legend. Damon Wood of Las Vegas, traveled the world several times ...
From James Brown to Beyonce: Protest Music Inspired by Dr. King
  –  January 12, 2018
Music has always been a key element to social evolution. In fact, 2009 documentary Soundtrack for a Revolution, examines the Civil Rights Movement with an emphasis on how music of the day affected its progress. Musicians and artists like The Roots, John ...
The US’s best musical cities
  –  January 29, 2018
American culture and identity is deeply rooted in the music its diverse people have created, from the jubilant jazz first played by the African ... Augusta is the birthplace of James Brown, aka the Godfather of Soul. “Every visit to Augusta should ...
Every Super Bowl halftime show: Ranking all 51 performances, from worst to first
  –  January 28, 2018
Meanwhile, the Godfather of Soul looks like he's doing bad James Brown karaoke over ... Welcome to a world where MTV produces halftime shows and actually plays music, boy bands and pop tarts rule the charts, and Aerosmith is still making albums.
The Godfather and the Queen of Soul
  –  January 28, 2018
Featuring the "Godfather Of Soul" James Brown and the "Queen Of R&B" Ruth Brown. PLUS the brothers of harmony, The Everlys. AND this week's top five singles in the Billboard Country Music Charts, and tracks from the UK Hit Parade of January 1964.
Car Seat Headrest’s ‘Cute Thing’ Is A Kaleidoscope Of Rich Harmonies And Gigantic Pop Hooks
  –  January 23, 2018
Music was a door to me, a door that opened into something ... and John Entwistle’s stage presence,” his new ideals are Frank Ocean and the “Godfather Of Soul” James Brown respectively.
Does Elvis Presley deserve to be called the King of Rock?
  –  January 16, 2018
He epitomizes the appropriation of black music and culture that still goes on to this day ... don't you deserve royal status in the rock pantheon? James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul," declared: "I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother....Elvis and I ...
Funkateer Bootsy Collins And Bishop Don 'Magic' Juan Bring The Funk In 2018 With A House Party
  –  January 16, 2018
He launched his career early on with the "Godfather of Soul" James Brown in the late 1960s before establishing ... lyrical prowess established him as an unforgettable persona in the music industry and beyond. His vast musical catalogue is heralded ...


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