James Brown

Real Name:
James Joseph Brown, Jr.
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American singer, songwriter, and musician.

Born: 3 May 1933 near Barnwell, South Carolina, USA.
Died: 25 December 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA (aged 73).

James Brown was raised in poverty in Augusta, Georgia.

1950s: Joined the Gospel Starlighters in 1953, a vocal quartet led by Bobby Byrd, after completing a four-year stint in prison for robbery. As Brown became the focal point of the act, the group changed its name to 'The Famous Flames' and its focus from gospel to R&B. In 1955 The Famous Flames record "Please Please Please" at the studio of WIBB in Macon, Georgia. In 1958 James Brown's first #1 hit, "Try Me", is released. It was the best-selling R&B single of 1958, and the first of 17 chart-topping R&B singles by Brown over the next two decades.

1965: Records "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", a revolutionary single that ushers in a whole new era of soul music. Released that summer, it tops the R&B chart for eight weeks and even cracks the pop Top Ten.

1971: Signs with Polydor Records, for which he recorded extensively throughout the decade.
1974: The Payback, the most successful of James Brown's Seventies albums—many of which were double-LPs with lengthy, extended tracks—makes its debut on Billboard's album chart. It is the only gold-certified (500,000 copies sold) album of his career.

1984: Bronx DJ Afrika Bambaataa teams up with Brown to record the anthemic single "Unity".
1986: "Living In America", the theme song from Rocky IV, reaches #4 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, becoming Brown's biggest pop hit since "I Got You (I Feel Good)" went to #3 in 1965.

1992: Receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th annual Grammy Awards.

2006: Hospitalized with pneumonia, dying on Christmas Day.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 (Performer).
Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.
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James Brown - Night Train album art James Brown Presents His Band* James Brown Presents His Band* - Night Train (Comp, Album) King Records (3) US 1961 Sell This Version
James Brown - Good, Good, Twistin' With James Brown album art James Brown Good, Good, Twistin' With James Brown (Album) King Records (3) Canada 1962 Sell This Version
James Brown - James Brown Live At The Apollo album art James Brown James Brown Live At The Apollo (Album) King Records (3) Canada 1963 Sell This Version
James Brown - Prisoner Of Love album art James Brown Prisoner Of Love (Album) King Records (3) US 1963 Sell This Version
James Brown - Pure Dynamite! Live At The Royal album art James Brown Pure Dynamite! Live At The Royal (Album) King Records (3), King Records (3) UK 1964 Sell This Version
James Brown - Grits & Soul album art James Brown Grits & Soul (Album) Smash Records (4) Canada 1964 Sell This Version
James Brown - Showtime album art James Brown Showtime (Album) Smash Records (4) US 1964 Sell This Version
James Brown - Papa's Got A Brand New Bag album art James Brown Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Album) King Records (3) US 1965 Sell This Version
James Brown - Out Of Sight album art James Brown Out Of Sight (Album) Smash Records (4), Smash Records (4) US 1965 Sell This Version
James Brown - James Brown Plays James Brown - Today & Yesterday - James Brown At The Organ album art James Brown James Brown Plays James Brown - Today & Yesterday - James Brown At The Organ (Album) Smash Records (4) US 1965 Sell This Version
James Brown - Handful Of Soul album art James Brown Handful Of Soul (Album) Smash Records (4) US 1966 Sell This Version
657 106 James Brown - Mighty Instrumentals - Night Train album art James Brown Mighty Instrumentals - Night Train(LP, Album, Mono) Polydor, International Polydor Production 657 106 France 1966 Sell This Version
James Brown - Plays New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo) album art James Brown Plays New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo) (Album) Smash Records (4), Smash Records (4) US 1966 Sell This Version
James Brown - James Brown And His Famous Flames Sing Christmas Songs album art James Brown James Brown And His Famous Flames Sing Christmas Songs (Album) Pye International UK 1966 Sell This Version
James Brown - It's A Man's Man's World: Soul Brother #1 album art James Brown It's A Man's Man's World: Soul Brother #1 (Album) King Records (3) South Africa 1966 Sell This Version
James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good) album art James Brown I Got You (I Feel Good) (Album) King Records (3), King Records (3) UK 1966 Sell This Version
James Brown - Live At The Garden album art James Brown Live At The Garden (Album) Pye International UK 1967 Sell This Version
James Brown - Raw Soul album art James Brown Raw Soul (Album) King Records (3) US 1967 Sell This Version
James Brown - Cold Sweat album art James Brown Cold Sweat (Album) Polydor France 1967 Sell This Version
James Brown - James Brown Plays The Real Thing album art James Brown James Brown Plays The Real Thing (Album) Smash Records (4), Smash Records (4) UK 1967 Sell This Version
James Brown - I Got The Feelin' album art James Brown I Got The Feelin' (Album) King Records (3) US 1968 Sell This Version
James Brown - Thinking About Little Willie John And A Few Nice Things album art James Brown Thinking About Little Willie John And A Few Nice Things (Album) King Records (3) Canada 1968 Sell This Version
James Brown - The Godfather Of Soul album art James Brown The Godfather Of Soul (Comp, Album) Polydor Spain 1968 Sell This Version
James Brown - Show Of Tomorrow album art James Brown Show Of Tomorrow (Comp, Album) King Records (3) Canada 1968 Sell This Version
James Brown - A Soulful Christmas album art James Brown A Soulful Christmas (Album) King Records (3) US 1968 Sell This Version

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giannisvlachos1990

giannisvlachos1990

February 17, 2019
James Brown was the best entertainer and good singer (before Michael Jackson) in the early 1960s, the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the early 2000s, but only in his live appearances and music videos.

I just like only some of his good songs like: "I feel good" (1965), "Sex machine" (1970) and "Living in America" (1985).

R.I.P James (2006). He deserved the best, in general.
staxowax

staxowax

June 24, 2018
Profile reads: 1965: James Brown records "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," How come it was released in 1964?
MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

MISTER_DIA-TRIBE_73

October 10, 2017
edited over 2 years ago
I just hope everyone who is not an avid listerner of James Brown and crew truly and finally understands what he and is what his crew have done! The Jaybeezzzzzzzzzzz... The soul of James will never die. Spread the word/gospel. Because The Jb's are today still 1000% on the street! Peace ;)
badhack

badhack

January 10, 2016
Was the hardest working man in show business.
subsch

subsch

December 27, 2015
Article - in german - honoring the anniversary of his death: http://www.opinion-club.com/2015/12/der-mann-der-den-rap-und-den-hiphop-erfand/
jdank.firth

jdank.firth

April 28, 2015
edited over 4 years ago
May The Godfather of Soul Live On! I'll be Spinnin' the greatest tunes by him all the time!
rickiadams

rickiadams

February 18, 2015
And the mighty Fred Wesley and the Jb,s
rickiadams

rickiadams

February 18, 2015
James Brown the greatest of all time wow a superb legend gone but truly not forgotten tha man set so many boundaries when it comes to music he put the f in funk super funk brother I remember him on soul train wow he can move he just to smooth I love you godfather thank you for the jobs and the music
BOBSCRATCH-

BOBSCRATCH-

June 24, 2014
HE IS SUPER BAD
the world greatest entertainer
MARKVISIONARY

MARKVISIONARY

January 3, 2014
James Brown is my hero

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