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James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite, and The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business
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James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite, and The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business

James Joseph Brown (born May 3, 1933, in Barnwell, South Carolina) is an African American entertainer, having worked as a singer, songwriter, and record producer during his career. Brown, recognized as one of the most influential figures in 20th century music, was a prime influence in the evolution of gospel and rhythm and blues into soul and funk, a genre he is associated with as its primary founder. His quick ascent to iconic status can be attributed to his rejection of traditional music formulas, and becoming a symbol of self-motivation and achievement in the face of racism against African Americans. Image File history File links James Brown (musician) source:amazon. ... Image File history File links James Brown (musician) source:amazon. ... Jump to: navigation, search May 3 is the 123rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (124th in leap years). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1933 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Barnwell is a city located in Barnwell County, South Carolina. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... LeAnn Rimes singing in concert For other senses of this word, see singer (disambiguation). ... Jump to: navigation, search A songwriter is someone who writes, in part or in full, the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Jump to: navigation, search In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) is (among many other tasks) primarily responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for mass production and commercial release. ... (Redirected from 20th century music) 20th century classical music was extremely diverse, ranging from the late Romantic style of Sergei Rachmaninoff to the complete serialism of Pierre Boulez, and from the simple triadic harmonies of minimalist composers such as Philip Glass to the musique concrète of Pierre Schaeffer and the... Jump to: navigation, search Gospel music may refer either to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the 1930s or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by white southern Christian artists. ... Jump to: navigation, search Rhythm and blues (or R&B) was coined as a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Jerry Wexler at Billboard magazine, used to designate upbeat popular music performed by African American artists that combined jazz and blues. ... Jump to: navigation, search For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Jump to: navigation, search Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ...


Beginning his professional music career in 1953, Brown scored hits from the 1950s to the 1980s. In spite of various personal problems and setbacks, he has significantly influenced music and culture as a singer, dancer and bandleader since the 1960s. He has also left his mark on musicians across many outside genres, including rock, jazz, reggae, disco, dance and electronic music, and, most notably, hip-hop music. Jump to: navigation, search 1953 is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the... Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Jump to: navigation, search The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Jump to: navigation, search Jazz master Louis Armstrong remains one of the most loved and best known of all jazz musicians. ... Jump to: navigation, search Reggae is a style of music developed in Jamaica. ... Jump to: navigation, search Disco is an up-tempo style of dance music (generally between 110 and 136 beats per minute) that originated in the early-1970s, a derivative of funk and soul music, popular with audiences in larger cities all over the world, and derives its name from the... Jump to: navigation, search Electronic music is a loose term for music created using electronic equipment. ... Hip-Hop music is a style of popular music. ...


Recognized by a plethora of (mostly self-bestowed) titles, including "Soul Brother Number One", "Mr. Dynamite", "the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business", "the Minister of the New Super-Heavy Funk", "Universal James", and the most familiar, "the Godfather of Soul", James Brown is noted for his improvisional music style, shouting vocals, and energetic live performances.

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Biography

Early life

Born in the small town of Barnwell in Depression-era South Carolina, Brown's family eventually moved to nearby Augusta, Georgia. During his childhood, Brown helped support his family by picking cotton in the nearby fields and shining shoes downtown. In his spare time, Brown variously spent time either practicing his performing skills in Augusta-area dance halls, or committing petty crimes. At the age of 16, he was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to a juvenile detention center upstate in Toccoa, Georgia. Barnwell is a city located in Barnwell County, South Carolina. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the worldwide economic crisis of the 1930s; for other uses of the term, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ... Jump to: navigation, search State nickname: Palmetto State Other U.S. States Capital Columbia Largest city Columbia Governor Mark Sanford (R) Senators Lindsey Graham (R) Jim DeMint (R) Official languages English Area 82,965 km² (40th)  - Land 78,051 km²  - Water 4,915 km² (6%) Population (2000)  - Population 4,012... Jump to: navigation, search Augusta is a city located in the state of Georgia. ... Jump to: navigation, search Cotton is a soft fibre that grows around the seeds of the cotton plant, a shrub native to the tropical and subtropical regions of both the Old World and the New World. ... Toccoa is a city located in Stephens County, Georgia. ...


While in prison, Brown later made the acquaintance of Bobby Byrd, whose family helped Brown secure an early release after serving only three years of his sentence, under the condition that he not return to Augusta or Richmond County and that he would try to get a job. After a brief stint as a boxer, then as a baseball pitcher (a career move ended by leg injury) Brown turned his energy toward music. The longest-serving member of James Browns band, Byrd also produced a slew of funk tracks which have been sampled by, among others, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, LL Cool J and A Tribe Called Quest. ... Richmond County is a county located in the state of Georgia. ... Picture of Fenway Park. ...

James Brown during the early years.
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James Brown during the early years.

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The beginnings of the Famous Flames

Brown and Bobby Byrd's sister Sarah performed in a gospel group called "The Gospel Starlighters" during the early and mid 1950s. Eventually, Brown joined Bobby Byrd's group the Avons, and Byrd turned the group's sound towards secular rhythm and blues. Now called The Famous Flames, Brown and Byrd's band toured the Southern "chitlin' circuit", and eventually signed a deal with the Cincinnati, Ohio-based King Records, presided over by Syd Nathan. Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1950s in Western society was marked with a sharp rise in the economy for the first time in almost 30 years and return to the 1920s-type consumer society built on credit and boom-times, as well as the height of the... Jump to: navigation, search The chitlin circuit was the general name given to the string of venues throughout the eastern and southern United States that catered primarily to African American audiences. ... Jump to: navigation, search Cincinnati is a city in southwestern Ohio, United States that lies on the Ohio River and is the county seat of Hamilton County6. ... King Records is the name of at least two different record labels. ...


The group's first recording and single, credited to "James Brown with the Famous Flames", was "Please, Please, Please" (1956), which failed to crack the U.S. pop top 100, but was a #5 R&B hit and a million-selling single. However, their subsequent records failed to live up to the success of "Please, Please, Please". After nine failed singles, King was ready to drop Brown and the Flames until the 1958 single "Try Me" became a #1 R&B hit, and a #50 pop hit. Nearly all of the group's releases were written or co-written by Brown, who assumed primary control of the band from Byrd and eventually began billing himself as a solo act with The Famous Flames as his backup. Jump to: navigation, search 1956 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Please, Please, Please is a 1956 single by James Brown & the Famous Flames. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1958 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


These early recordings, also including "I'll Go Crazy" (1959) and "Bewildered" (1960), were fairly straightforward gospel-inspired R&B compositions, heavily inspired by the work of contemporary musicians such as Little Richard and Ray Charles. Yet, these songs were marked by a rhythmic acuity and vocal attack that would later become even more pronounced, leading to the style called "funk". In addition, the initially standardized arrangements and instrumentation began to give way to more improvisational and rhythm-heavy tracks, such as that of 1961's #5 R&B hit "Night Train", the first single to showcase the beginnings of what today is considered the "James Brown sound". "Night Train" completely eschews singing of any sort, and excepting ad-libs by Brown, is completely instrumental, featuring prominent horn instrumentation and a fast, highly accented rhythm track. Jump to: navigation, search 1959 was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1960 was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Little Richard Little Richard (born Richard Wayne Penniman, December 5, 1932 in Macon, Georgia) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist, and an early pioneer of rock and roll. ... Jump to: navigation, search Ray Charles at the piano. ... Jump to: navigation, search Funk is a distinct style of music originated by African-Americans, e. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1961 was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... Horn may refer to: horn (anatomy), a hollow, pointed projection of the skin of various animals Horn, Austria horn (diacritic), a diacritic mark used to indicate that a normally rounded vowel such as o or u is to be pronounced unrounded horn (instrument) horn, a slang term for any wind...

The landmark Live at the Apollo LP from 1962.
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The landmark Live at the Apollo LP from 1962.

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Papa gets a brand new bag

While Brown's early singles were major hits in the southern United States, and regularly became R&B Top Ten hits, he and the Flames was not nationally successful until his self-financed live show was captured and released on record as Live at the Apollo in 1963. Brown followed this success with a string of singles that, along with the work of Allen Toussaint in New Orleans, essentially defined funk music. 1964's "Out of Sight" was, even more so than "Night Train" had been, a harbinger of the new James Brown sound. Its arrangement was raw and unornamented, the horns and the drums took center stage in the mix, and Brown's singing had taken on an even more rhythmic feel. Jump to: navigation, search The Southern United States or the South constitute a distinctive region covering a large portion of the United States. ... Live at the Apollo was a 1963 album by James Brown. ... See also: 1962 in music, other events of 1963, 1964 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - The Beatles start a 5 day tour in Scotland to support the release of their new single, Love Me Do. January 4 - At Cortina d... Paul Shaffer (L) and Allen Toussaint on the September 07, 2005 show of The Late Show with David Letterman Allen Toussaint (born January 14, 1938) is an American musician, songwriter and record producer and one of the most influential figures in New Orleans R&B. In the 1960s and 1970s... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... See also: 1963 in music, other events of 1964, 1965 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - Top of the Pops premieres on BBC television. ...


"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)," both from 1965, were major #1 R&B hits, remaining the top-selling single in black venues for over a month apiece, and becoming Brown's first pop Top 10 hits. Both of these songs today are considered the most important of his works from this second stage of his career, and are also two of his signature tunes. Papas Got a Brand New Bag is a 1965 recording by James Brown. ... I Got You (I Feel Good) is a hit song by the American musician James Brown from 1965. ... See also: 1964 in music, other events of 1965, 1966 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 4 - Fender Guitars is sold to CBS for $13 million. ...


Brown would often make creative adjustments to his songs for greater appeal. For instance Brown sped up the released version of "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" to make it even more intense and commercial. "Cold Sweat" (1967) was considered a departure lyrically, and even harder hitting. Critics have come to see this recording as a high mark in the music of the 1960s. Mixed in with his more famous rhythmic essays of the era were ballads such as "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" (1965), and even Broadway show tunes. See also: 1966 in music, other events of 1967, 1968 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - The Rolling Stones appear on The Ed Sullivan Show. ... Jump to: navigation, search The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... A ballad is a story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. ... Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ...

the 1970 LP Soul on Top.
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the 1970 LP Soul on Top.

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The late 1960s: "Ain't It Funky Now"

Brown employed musicians and arrangers who had come up through the jazz tradition. He was noted for his ability as a bandleader and songwriter to blend the simplicity and drive of R&B with the rhythmic complexity and precision of jazz. Trumpeter Lewis Hamlin and saxophonist/keyboardist Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis (the successor to previous bandleader Nat Jones) led the band, with guitarist Jimmy Nolen provided deceptively simple riffs for each song heavily tied to the dominating rhythm, and Maceo Parker's prominent saxophone solos. Other members of Brown's band included stalwart singer and sideman Bobby Byrd, drummers John "Jabo" Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, Maceo Parker's brother Melvin; saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney, trombonist Fred Wesley, and guitarist Alphonso Kellum. Jump to: navigation, search Jazz master Louis Armstrong remains one of the most loved and best known of all jazz musicians. ... Maceo Parker (born February 14, 1943) is a noted African American funk and soul jazz saxophone player, best known for his contributions to James Browns distinct sound. ... Fred Wesley (born 1943) is a jazz and funk trombonist. ...


As the 1960s came to a close, Brown refined his style even further with "I Got the Feelin'" and "Licking Stick-Licking Stick" (both recorded in 1968), and "Funky Drummer" (recorded in 1969). By this time, the vocals that graced his songs were no longer sung traditionally, but instead delivered in a rhythmic pattern that only periodically featured melodical embellishment. Brown's vocals, not quite sung but not quite spoken, would be a major influence on the technique of rapping, which would come to maturity along with hip hop culture and hip hop music during the following decade. Supporting his vocals were instrumental arrangements which featured a more refined and developed version of Brown's mid-1960s style. The horn section, guitars, bass, and drums all locked in strong rhythms based around various repeating riffs, usually at least one prominent breaks. See also: 1967 in music, other events of 1968, 1969 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... The funky drummer break is one of the most used sampled drum loops in hip-hop and drum and bass music, together with the amen break, which is more related to drum-and-bass. ... See also: 1968 in music, other events of 1969, 1970 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... Jump to: navigation, search Rapping is one of the elements of hip hop as well as the distinguishing feature of most hip hop music. ... Jump to: navigation, search Hip hop is a cultural movement that began among urban African Americans and Latinos in the Bronx New York City in the early 1970s, and has since spread around the world. ... Jump to: navigation, search Hip hop music is a style of popular music. ... A break is an instrumental or percussion section or interlude during a song derived from or related to stop-time being a break from the main parts of the song or piece. ...


Brown's recordings influenced musicians across the industry, most notably Sly and his Family Stone, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and soul shouters like Edwin Starr , Temptations David Ruffin and Dennis Edwards, and a then-preadolescent Michael Jackson, who took Brown's shouts and dancing into the pop mainstream as the lead singer of Motown's The Jackson 5. Those same tracks would later be resurrected by countless hip-hop musicians from the 1970s on; in fact, James Brown remains the world's most sampled recording artist, and "Funky Drummer" is itself the most sampled individual piece of music. Sly Stone, as depicted on the cover of the 1981 greatest hits compilation Sly & the Family Stone Anthology. ... Sly Stone holds the Family Stone in the palm of his hand in this image. ... Charles Wright (born in 1940 in Clarksdale, Mississippi) & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band is a pioneering funk band. ... Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson, Jr. ... Edwin Starr (January 21, 1942 - April 2, 2003) was a soul music singer. ... The Classic 5 lineup of The Temptations, circa 1965. ... David Ruffin. ... Dennis Edwards (born February 3, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an African-American soul and R&B singer, most noted for being one of The Temptations lead singers. ... Jump to: navigation, search Michael Jackson in 1992. ... Jump to: navigation, search Motown Records, Inc. ... Jump to: navigation, search The Jackson 5 in 1971. ... In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or element of a new recording. ...


The content of Brown's songs was now developing along with their delivery. Socio-political commentary on the black person's position in society, and lyrics praising motivation and ambition filled songs like "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" (1968) and "I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door I'll Get It Myself)" 1970). Say It Loud - Im Black and Im Proud is a 1968 recording by James Brown. ... See also: 1967 in music, other events of 1968, 1969 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 4 - Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding. ... See also: 1969 in music, other events of 1970, 1971 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ...

The cover to the 1970 live Sex Machine LP.
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The cover to the 1970 live Sex Machine LP.

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The 1970s: The JB's

By 1970, most of the members of James Brown's classic 1960s band had quit his act for other opportunities. He and Bobby Byrd employed a new band that included future funk greats such as bassist Bootsy Collins, Collins' guitarist brother Phelps "Catfish" Collins, and trombonist/musical director Fred Wesley. This new backing band was dubbed "The JB's", and made their debut on Brown's 1970 single "(Get Up I Fell Like Being a) Sex Machine". Although it would go through several lineup changes (the first in 1971), The JB's remain remembered as Brown's most familiar backing band. See also: 1969 in music, other events of 1970, 1971 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events Charles Wuorinen, aged 32, becomes the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. ... Bootsy Collins on the cover of Bootsys Rubber Bands Live in Louisville 1978 Bootsy Collins (born William Collins on October 26, 1951, Cincinnati, Ohio) is a pioneering funk bassist, singer, and songwriter. ... Catfish Collins (born Phelps Collins) is a rhythm guitarist mostly known for his work in the P-Funk collective. ... Fred Wesley (born 1943) is a jazz and funk trombonist. ... The most renowned of James Browns many backing bands (previously, the Famous Flames and the James Brown Band), the J.B.s provided musical support for the legendary singer and bandleader for the first half of the 70s. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ...


As Brown's musical empire grew (he bought radio stations in the late 1960s, including Augusta's WRDW, where he had shined shoes as a boy), his desire for financial and artistic independence grew as well. In 1971, he began recording for Polydor Records; among his first Polydor releases was the #1 R&B hit "Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)". Many of his sidemen and supporting players, such as Fred Wesley & the JB's, Bobby Byrd, Lyn Collins, Myra Barnes, and Hank Ballard, released records on Brown's subsidiary label, People, which was created as part of Brown's Polydor contract. These recordings are as much a part of Brown's legacy as those released under his own name, and most are noted examples of what might be termed James Brown's "house" style. The early 1970s marked the first real awareness, outside the African-American community, of Brown's achievements. Miles Davis and other jazz musicians began to cite Brown as a major influence on their styles, and Brown provided the score for the 1973 blaxploitation film Black Caesar. Jump to: navigation, search The 1960s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Polydor Records is a record label headquartered in Germany, currently a subsidiary of Universal Music. ... The longest-serving member of James Browns band, Byrd also produced a slew of funk tracks which have been sampled by, among others, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, LL Cool J and A Tribe Called Quest. ... Lyn Collins (12th June 1948 - 13th March 2005) was a soul / R&B singer best known for working with James Brown in the 1970s. ... Jump to: navigation, search Hank Ballard (November 18, 1927 - March 2, 2003) was an American R&B singer and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ... Davis 1959 album Kind of Blue, likely the best-selling jazz album ever. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... Blaxploitation is a portmanteau of the words black and exploitation. ... Jump to: navigation, search Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ...

The 1974 LP The Big Payback.
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The 1974 LP The Big Payback.

His 1970s Polydor recordings were a summation of all the innovation of the last twenty years, and while some critics maintain that he declined artistically during this period, compositions like "The Payback" (1973); "Papa Don't Take No Mess" and "Stoned to the Bone" (1974); "Funky President (People It's Bad)" (1975); and "Get Up Offa That Thing" (1976) are still considered among his best. Image File history File links James Brown The Payback source:Amazon. ... Image File history File links James Brown The Payback source:Amazon. ... See also: 1972 in music, other events of 1973, 1974 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January-February January 9 - Mick Jaggers request for a Japanese visa is rejected on account of a 1969 drug bust, putting an abrupt end to The... See also: 1973 in music, other events of 1974, 1975 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January - The Ramones form. ... Jump to: navigation, search See also: 1974 in music, other events of 1975, 1976 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 2 - New York City US District Court Judge Richard Owen rules that former Beatle John Lennon and his lawyers can have access... See also: 1975 in music, other events of 1976, 1977 in music, 1970s in music and the list of years in music // Events January-February January 7 - Kenneth Moss, a former record company executive, is sentenced to 120 days in the Los Angeles County Jail and four years probation for...


Into the late-1970s and 1980s

By the mid-70s, Brown's star-status was on the wane, and key musicians such as Bootsy Collins had begun to depart to form their own groups. The disco movement, which Brown anticipated, and some say originated, found relatively little room for Brown; his 1976 albums Get Up Offa That Thing and Bodyheat were his first flirtations with 'disco-fied' rhythms incorporated into his funky repertoire. While 1977's Mutha's Nature and 1978's Jam 1980's generated no charted hits, 1979's The Original Disco Man LP is nonetheless a notable late addition to his oeuvre, containing the song "It's Too Funky in Here," which was his last top R&B hit of the decade. Bootsy Collins on the cover of Bootsys Rubber Bands Live in Louisville 1978 Bootsy Collins (born William Collins on October 26, 1951, Cincinnati, Ohio) is a pioneering funk bassist, singer, and songwriter. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1977 was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1977 calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search This page refers to the year 1979. ...


Brown experienced something of a resurgence in the 1980's, effectively crossing over to a broader, more mainstream audience. Brown made a cameo appearances in the feature films The Blues Brothers and Rocky IV. He also released Gravity, a modestly popular crossover album, and the hit 1985 single "Living in America". Acknowledging his influence on modern hip-hop and R&B music, Brown collaborated with hip-hop artist Afrika Bambaataa on the single "Unity", and worked the R&B/hip-hop group Full Force on a #5 R&B hit single, 1988's "Static (Don't Start None Won't Be None)". Jump to: navigation, search 1980 is a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The Blues Brothers: Dan Aykroyd (left) and John Belushi. ... Jump to: navigation, search Spoiler warning: Rocky IV DVD cover Rocky IV is a 1985 movie that is part of the Rocky franchise. ... Jump to: navigation, search This article is about the year. ... Living in America is a song by James Brown, composed by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight. ... Afrika Bambaataa (born April 10 or October 4, 1960, though his birthdate is hotly debated; he himself refuses to comment on his age) is a DJ and community leader from the South Bronx, who in the late 1970s, was instrumental in the early development of hip hop. ... Full Force is a group of R&B and hip hop performers and producers from Brooklyn NY, calling themselves the original hip hop vocal band. Members are B-Fine (dr, keys), Shy Shy (bass), Paul Anthony (voc), Bowlegged Lou (voc), Curt-T-T (guit, key, dr), and Baby Gerry (dr). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Later years

In spite of his return to the limelight, by the late 1980s, Brown met with a series of legal and financial setbacks. In 1988, he was arrested following a high-speed car chase down Interstate 20 in Augusta. He was imprisoned for threatening pedestrians with firearms and abuse of PCP, as well as for the repercussions of his flight. Although he was sentenced to six years in prison, he was eventually released in 1991 after having only served three. Jump to: navigation, search 1988 is a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Interstate 20 (abbreviated I-20) is an interstate highway in the southeastern United States. ... Jump to: navigation, search Phencyclidine (a contraction of the chemical name phenylcyclohexylpiperidine; also called PCP, sherm, angel dust, Wet or Ashy Larry) is a dissociative psychedelic drug formerly used as an anaesthetic agent. ... See also: 1990 in music, other events of 1991, 1992 in music, 1990s in music and the list of years in music // Events 1991 was the year that grunge music made its popular breakthrough. ...


Brown has been married four times. He and his current wife Tommie Raye Hynie, have been married since 2002 and have one child together; he also has two children by his first wife, Deidre Jenkins, and three more by his second, Velma Warren. Adrienne Rodriegues, Brown's wife through most of the 1980s and 1990s, had him arrested four times on charges of assault, and also had problems with drug abuse. Jump to: navigation, search 2002 (MMII) is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1980s marked an abrupt shift towards more conservative lifestyles after the momentous cultural revolutions which took place in the 1960s and 1970s and the definition of the AIDS virus in 1981. ... Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ...


During the 1990s and 2000s, arrests for drug possession or domestic abuse became frequent occurrences for Brown. However, he has continued to occasionally perform and even record, and often makes appearances in television shows and in films such as Blues Brothers 2000. He lives in a riverfront home in Beech Island, South Carolina, directly across the Savannah River from Augusta. On November 11, 1993, Augusta mayor Charles Delaney held a ceremony during which Augusta's 9th Street was renamed "James Brown Boulevard" in the entertainer's honor. Jump to: navigation, search // Events and trends The 1990s are generally classified as having moved slightly away from the more conservative 1980s, but otherwise retaining the same mindset. ... Saddam Hussein shortly after his capture Major controversy over U. S. presidential election (November 7-December 13, 2000) September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on New Yorks World Trade Center and Virginias Pentagon killing almost 3000 people. ... The Blues Brothers: Dan Aykroyd (left) and the late John Belushi The Blues Brothers is the name of a blues band fronted, incognito, by comedians Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. ... Aiken County is a county located in the state of South Carolina. ... For the Department of Energy facility, see Savannah River Site The Savannah River is a major river in the southeastern United States, forming most of the border between the states of South Carolina and Georgia. ... Jump to: navigation, search November 11 is the 315th day of the year (316th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 50 days remaining. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


The 1991 four-CD retrospective Star Time spans his four-decade career; nearly all his earlier LPs have been re-released on CD, often with additional tracks and enlightened commentary by experts familiar with Brown's music. Jump to: navigation, search 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Star Time was a 1991 boxed set covering most of James Browns hits. ...


Trivia

  • Brown was a recipient of Kennedy Center Honors for 2003, and a scheduled 2004 unveiling of a statue of Brown in Augusta was delayed because of James Brown's ongoing legal problems.
  • James Brown had an appearance in the Jackie Chan movie The Tuxedo, in which he is flipped and knocked unconscious, forcing Chan to do his routine.
  • In December 2004 Brown was diagnosed with prostate cancer, which was successfully treated with surgery.
  • Weird Al Yankovic made a parody of Living in America, entitled "Living with a Hernia".

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Discography

For a full listing of albums and singles, see James Brown discography. This is a discography for the Godfather of Soul, James Brown Charting singles Studio albums Compilations Categories: James Brown ...


Top ten singles

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  • 1956: "Please, Please, Please" (R&B #5)
  • 1959: "Try Me" (R&B #1, US #48)
  • 1960: "Think" (R&B #7, US #33)
  • 1961: "Baby, You're Right" (R&B #2, US #49)
  • 1961: "Bewildered" (R&B #8, US #40)
  • 1961: "I Don't Mind" (R&B #4, US #47)
  • 1962: "Lost Someone" (R&B #2, US #48)
  • 1962: "Night Train" (R&B #5, US #35)
  • 1963: "Every Beat of My Heart" (US #99)
  • 1963: "Prisoner of Love" (R&B #6, US #18)
  • 1965: "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" - Part I (R&B #1, US #8)
  • 1965: "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (R&B #1, US #3)
  • 1966: "Ain't That a Groove" Pts. 1 & 2 (R&B #6, US #42)
  • 1966: "Don't Be A Drop-Out" (R&B #4, US #50)
  • 1966: "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (R&B #1, US #8)
  • 1966: "Sweet Little Baby Boy" - Part 1 (US #8)
  • 1967: "Cold Sweat" - Part 1 (R&B #1, US #7)
  • 1967: "Let Yourself Go" (R&B #5, US #46)
  • 1968: "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)" (R&B #4, US #28)
  • 1968: "I Got The Feelin'" (R&B #1, US #6)
  • 1968: "Licking Stick - Licking Stick" - Part 1 (R&B #2, US #14)
  • 1968: "Say it Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud" - Part 1 (R&B #1, US #10)
  • 1968: "There Was A Time" (R&B #3, US #36)
  • 1969: "Ain't It Funky Now" (R&B #3, US #24)
  • 1969: "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose" (R&B #1, US #15)
  • 1969: "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself)" (R&B #3, US #20)
  • 1969: "Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn" - Part One (R&B #2, US #21)
  • 1969: "Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me)" Part 1(R&B #1, US #11)
  • 1970: "Get Up (I Feel Like Being Like A) Sex Machine" (Part 1)" (R&B #2, US #15)
  • 1970: "Santa Claus Is Definitely Here To Stay" (US #7)
  • 1970: "Super Bad" - Part 1 & Part 2 (R&B #1, US #13)
  • 1971: "Escape-ism" - Part 1 (R&B #6, US #35)
  • 1971: "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" - Pt. 1 (R&B #4, US #34)
  • 1971: "Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)" – Part 1 (R&B #1, US #15)
  • 1971: "I'm A Greedy Man" - Part I (R&B #7, US #35)
  • 1971: "Make It Funky" - Part 1 (R&B #1, US #22)
  • 1971: "Soul Power" - Pt. 1 (R&B #3, US #29)
  • 1972: "Get On The Good Foot" - Part 1 (R&B #1, US #18)
  • 1972: "King Heroin" (R&B #6, US #40)
  • 1972: "Talking Loud And Saying Nothing" - Part I (R&B #1, US #27)
  • 1973: "Down And Out In New York City" (R&B #13, US #50)
  • 1973: "I Got A Bag Of My Own" (R&B #3)
  • 1973: "Sexy, Sexy, Sexy" (R&B #6, US #50)
  • 1974: "Funky President" (People It's Bad)" (R&B #4, US #44)
  • 1974: "My Thang" (R&B #1, US #29)
  • 1974: "Papa Don't Take No Mess" - Part I (R&B #1, US #31)
  • 1974: "Stoned To The Bone" - Part 1 (R&B #4, US #58)
  • 1974: "The Payback" - Part I (R&B #1, US #26)
  • 1976: "Get Up Offa That Thing" (R&B #4, US #45)
  • 1985: "Living in America (R&B #10, US #4)
  • 1987: "How Do You Stop" (R&B #10)
  • 1988: "I'm Real" (R&B #2)
  • 1988: "Static, Pts. 1 & 2" (with Full Force) (R&B #5)
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Albums

James Brown was not an album-oriented recording artist, and it is difficult to identify the most critical albums of his career. However, the following four albums all appear on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Jump to: navigation, search In 2003, Rolling Stone published an article describing what it considered to be the top 500 music albums of all time. ...

Live at the Apollo was a 1963 album by James Brown. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jump to: navigation, search 1986 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Star Time was a 1991 boxed set covering most of James Browns hits. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Greatest Hits is a collection of James Browns most famous music. ... Jump to: navigation, search 1991 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Samples

  • Download sample of "Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag"

External links

  • James Brown - Godfather of Soul, Brown's official site.
  • James Brown at the Internet Movie Database
  • James Brown at the All Music Guide
  • DMoz, listing of James Brown sites.
  • James Brown at the SoundtrackINFO project*Interview with James Brown - June 2, 2004 - The Guardian Newspaper (UK)
  • http://www.funky-stuff.com/jamesbrown/biography.htm

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James Brown (musician) Details, Meaning James Brown (musician) Article and Explanation Guide (1268 words)
James Brown (born May 3, 1933, Barnwell, South Carolina - some sources list his year of birth as 1928 and his birthplace as Pulaski, Tennessee) is one of the most important figures in twentieth-century music and the prime mover in the evolution of gospel and rhythm-and-blues into soul music and funk.
Brown employed musicians and arrangers who had come up through the jazz tradition, and his genius as a bandleader and songwriter was to marry the simplicity and drive of R&B to the rhythmic complexity and precision of jazz music, something other musicians were doing, to be sure, but not as aggressively and single-mindedly as Brown.
Brown was a recipient of Kennedy Center Honors for 2003, and a scheduled 2004 unveiling of a statue of Brown in Augusta was delayed because of James Brown's ongoing legal problems.
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