James Brown

James Brown

Real Name:
James Joseph Brown, Jr.
American singer, songwriter and musician, born 3 May 1933 near Barnwell, South Carolina, USA and died 25 December 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

James Brown was raised in poverty in Augusta, Georgia.

In 1953 James Brown joined the Gospel Starlighters, 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: James Brown 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: James Brown signed 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 James 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 James Brown's biggest pop hit since "I Got You (I Feel Good)" went to #3 in 1965.

1992: James Brown receives a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th annual Grammy Awards.

Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 (Performer).
Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.

Brown was hospitalized with pneumonia and died on Christmas day 2006.
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James Brown Discography


771 James Brown Presents His Band* James Brown Presents His Band* - Night Train (Comp) King Records (3) 771 US 1961 Sell This Version
LP-780, 780 James Brown Good, Good, Twistin' With James Brown (Album) King Records (3) LP-780, 780 Canada 1962 Sell This Version
HA 8184 James Brown James Brown Live At The Apollo (Album) King Records (3) HA 8184 UK 1963 Sell This Version
851 James Brown Prisoner Of Love (Album) King Records (3) 851 US 1963 Sell This Version
HA 8177 James Brown Pure Dynamite! Live At The Royal (Album) King Records (3), King Records (3) HA 8177 UK 1964 Sell This Version
SRS 67057 James Brown Grits & Soul (Album) Smash Records (4) SRS 67057 Canada 1964 Sell This Version
SM-7174 James Brown Showtime (Album) Smash Records (4) SM-7174 Japan 1964 Sell This Version
938 James Brown Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Album) King Records (3) 938 US 1965 Sell This Version
MGS 27058 James Brown Sings Out Of Sight (Album) Smash Records (4) MGS 27058 US 1965 Sell This Version
SRS 67072 James Brown James Brown Plays James Brown - Today & Yesterday - James Brown At The Organ (Album) Smash Records (4) SRS 67072 US 1965 Sell This Version
657 111 James Brown It's A Man's Man's Man's World (Comp) International Polydor Production 657 111 France 1966 Sell This Version
NPL 28104 James Brown Live At The Garden (Album) Pye International NPL 28104 UK 1966 Sell This Version
LPI-010 James Brown Mighty Instrumental's (Album) Orfeon Videovox, S.A. LPI-010 Mexico 1966 Sell This Version
SRS 67080 James Brown Plays New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo) (Album) Smash Records (4) SRS 67080 US 1966 Sell This Version
SMX 67084 James Brown Handful Of Soul (Album) Smash Records (4) SMX 67084 US 1966 Sell This Version
NPL 28097 James Brown James Brown Sings Christmas Songs (Album) Pye International NPL 28097 UK 1966 Sell This Version
KGG 7508 James Brown It's A Man's Man's World: Soul Brother #1 (Album) King Records (3) KGG 7508 South Africa 1966 Sell This Version
NPL 28074 James Brown I Got You (I Feel Good) (Album) King Records (3), King Records (3) NPL 28074 UK 1966 Sell This Version
1016 James Brown Raw Soul (Album) King Records (3) 1016 US 1967 Sell This Version
BL 7823 James Brown Plays The Real Thing (Album) Smash Records (4) BL 7823 UK 1967 Sell This Version
KS-1031 James Brown I Got The Feelin' (Album) King Records (3) KS-1031 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
KS 1038 James Brown Thinking About Little Willie John And A Few Nice Things (Album) King Records (3) KS 1038 Canada 1968 Sell This Version
FB-220 James Brown The Godfather Of Soul (Album, Comp) Fermata FB-220 Brazil 1968 Sell This Version
658101 G.U. James Brown Nothing But Soul(LP) Polydor 658101 G.U. France 1968 Sell This Version
1024 James Brown James Brown Presents His Show Of Tomorrow (Comp) King Records (3) 1024 Canada 1968 Sell This Version

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


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/


April 28, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
May The Godfather of Soul Live On! I'll be Spinnin' the greatest tunes by him all the time!


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


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


June 24, 2014
the world greatest entertainer


January 3, 2014
James Brown is my hero


November 16, 2013
Amazing Brotha that will never ever be 4gotting! RIP James Brown!


May 17, 2009
James Brown = One of the funkiest artists ever to come out ever, ever!

He was just too good. He putted 99.9% of virtually all music to shame, because he was a pioneer, and totally original. He created Funk all the way back in the mid-60's and his dancing was unbelievable, only to be copied by people like Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones. He is also the #1 most sampled artist of all time, and virtually every genre (especially Golden Age Hip-Hop) has incorporated him in some way or another.

One of my regrets is not seeing this guy live. He would have been incredible but still, there is always Live at the Apollo or Revelation of the Mind out there, or some DVD if you want to see what he was like.

RIP James Brown 1933-2006

PS: No James Brown = No Hip-Hop, Breakbeat, House, Disco, Funk, Modern Pop, and just Modern Music in general.

December 30, 2006
edited over 9 years ago
A giant has fallen. At 25th December 2006, James Brown took his last three long breaths and went away. As i write this, it is still unbelievable for me to think that this legend is no longer with us, given the fact how energic he still was at age 73. He gave his last performances all the way to the end, and he was suppose to play at B.B King's Nightclub in New York the following week.
You can not tell what the music industry would be sounding like without his presence and effort. He influenced thousands of other producers and music enthustiast around the world and artist from the end of 60's to present has been trying to copy him, immitate him and offcourse, many has sample his music.
To me, the Godfather of Soul has given me all, if not everything to gain my love of music even higher, and appreciate the right music alot more.
But i can't really say much more that has been allready said about a man that has lived a fantastic life. To dive in to his extensive musical output has been a marveling memorial experience and i will collect his music as far as i can.
I advise people to give 'Mr.Dynamite' a last word and honor, because one of the greatest and ifluential artist of the time has left us and to be honest, the world for me does not quite feel the same without him.
I give Brown my upmost respect. Rest in peace and thanks for everything.

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