James Brown

  • American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and bandleader

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James Brown

James Brown

  • BORN
  • James Joseph Brown
  • Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
  • May 3, 1933
  • DIED
  • Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • December 25, 2006
  • www.jamesbrown.com/
1933 births; 2006 deaths; 20th-century American singers; 21st-century American singers; Activists for African-American civil rights; African-American composers; African-American male dancers; African-American male singers; African-American rock musicians; American expatriates in Nigeria; American expatriates in Zambia; American funk keyboardists; American funk singers; American male composers; American male dancers; American multi-instrumentalists; American organists; American people convicted of assault; American people convicted of drug offenses; American people convicted of robbery; American people of Chinese descent; American people of Native American descent; American record producers; American rhythm and blues singer-songwriters; American robbers; American soul keyboardists; American soul singers; Cancer survivors; Deaths from pneumonia; Federal Records artists; Grammy Award winners; Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners; Infectious disease deaths in Georgia (U.S. state); James Brown; James Brown Orchestra members; Kennedy Center honorees; King Records artists; Musicians from Augusta, Georgia; Musicians from South Carolina; People from Barnwell County, South Carolina; People from Toccoa, Georgia; Pioneers of music genres; Polydor Records artists; Recipients of American gubernatorial pardons; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees; Smash Records artists; Songwriters from Georgia (U.S. state); Songwriters from South Carolina; Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees; The Famous Flames members; The J.B.'s members

James Joseph Brown (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". In a career that lasted 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres.

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. 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. 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. He also holds the record for the most singles listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which did not reach number one. Brown has received honors from many institutions, including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. 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. 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.

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