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Overview (5)

Date of Birth 3 May 1933Barnwell, South Carolina, USA
Date of Death 25 December 2006Atlanta, Georgia, USA  (pneumonia)
Birth NameJames Joseph Brown
Nicknames The Godfather of Soul
The Minister of the New New Super Heavy Funk
The Hardest Working Man in Show Business
Soul Brother Number One
Mr. Dynamite
The Godfather of Funk
Mr Please Please Please
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James Brown was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA as James Joseph Brown. He was married to Tomirae Brown, Adrienne Rodriguez, Deidre Jenkins and Velma Warren. He died on December 25, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Spouse (4)

Tomirae Brown (14 December 2001 - 2004) (annulled) (1 child)
Adrienne Rodriguez (1984 - 6 January 1996) (her death)
Deidre Jenkins (22 October 1970 - 10 January 1981) (divorced) (2 children)
Velma Warren (19 June 1953 - 1969) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Mark (3)

Pompadour hairstyle
Dance moves
Cape -- in nearly every performance, James Brown would fall to his knees and a member of his entourage would come onstage and place a cape around his shoulders. He would then feign recovery only to fall onto his knees again - after doing this a couple of times James would break-out in one of his trademark dance moves and drive the crowd wild!

Trivia (46)

Released from hospital following treatment for addiction to painkillers. [January 1998]
Singer, songwriter, band leader and record producer.
His wife, Adrienne Rodriguez, charged him 4 times with felony assault. She died of heart failure following plastic surgery.
He served 26 months in prison for leading police on a high speed chase in Georgia in 1988.
Son, with girlfriend Tomirae Brown, James Brown II, was born. [June 2001]
Charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
One of 5 recipients of the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors; other recipients were Carol Burnett, Loretta Lynn, Mike Nicholsand Itzhak Perlman.
28 January 2004 - Arrested for allegedly pushing his wife at their South Carolina home. Brown later filed for an annulment of their marriage.
He was voted the 7th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Entertainment Weekly.
In 1991, the Techno group L.A. Style released a highly irreverent and controversial single entitled "James Brown Is Dead". There were two songs quickly made in response: "James Brown Is Still Alive" by Holy Noise, and "Who the F*** Is James Brown?" by Traumatic Stress.
Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in December 2004.
Was a friend of Elvis Presley.
J. Anthony Lukas's book on Boston race relations, "Common Ground", notes that a 1968 Brown performance the day after the Rev. Martin Luther King's assassination helped keep the Massachusetts city from exploding.
Dismayed by the school shootings of the late 1990s, he spoke out against violence in schools, even writing a song, "Killing's Out and School's In.".
Some radicals criticized him for his patriotism and he received death threats after playing to US troops in Vietnam in 1972.
A life-size bronze statue of Brown was unveiled in his honor by the Reverend Al Sharpton in Augusta, east Georgia. The statue was supposed to be unveiled in May 2004, for Brown's 71st birthday, but the city postponed the ceremony because the entertainer was facing domestic violence charges for pushing and threatening his wife, Tomirae Brown [7 May 2005].
In 2003 South Carolina granted him pardons for seven criminal convictions, some involving guns and drugs, over a 10-year period.
US Secretary of State General Colin Powell appointed Brown to be the first US "secretary of soul and foreign minister of funk", but said the job description for the post had not yet been drawn up. (December 2003).
Receiving a Grammy three times prior (1965: "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" as "Best R&B Recording, 1986 for "Living In America" as "Best Male R&B Performance" and 1991 for "Star Times" as "Best Album Notes"), he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards (25 February 1992).
Augusta's 9th street was renamed "James Brown Boulevard" by the city's mayor Charles DeVaney (11 November 1993).
Lived in Beeach Island, South Carolina at the time of his death.
Record holder for the artist who has charted most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without ever reaching #1 at that chart.
Some of his most popular songs include "Please, Please, Please" (1958), "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (1965), "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (1966), "Cold Sweat" (1967), "I Got The Feelin'" (1968), "Get Up (I Like Being A) Sex Machine" (1970) and "Living in America" (1985).
Coordinated his dance moves to lead his band. Each movement was actually an instruction to the band.
In live shows, Brown would sometimes add the "I got ya" lyric in a song when he caught a musician making a mistake.
Insisted on using the title Mr. or Ms. for everyone in his band. He felt it was a sign of respect if people called each other by their proper title.
Rev. Jesse Jackson regularly visited Brown while he served time for leading the police on a car chase and other various offenses in South Carolina in 1988.
He is the world's most sampled recording artist, and his song "Funky Drummer" the most sampled individual piece of music in history. The list of artists that sampled Brown ranged from Jay-Z to Eric B. and Rakim to Public Enemy to DJ Shadow.
Brown's hit singles like "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)" and "Funky President" galvanized black youth during the turbulent '70's.
Good friends with Rev. Al Sharpton since the 1970s and Rev. Jesse Jackson since the 1950s.
His funeral was officiated by his good friend, Rev. Al Sharpton.
Got his start in music singing with Bobby Byrd's group the Famous Flames.
Was planning on singing at B.B. King's blues club in New York on New Year's Eve a week before he died.
Life-long friend of Little Richard, since they were both teenagers.
Due to the timing of Brown's death, there were no flights out of Atlanta to fly Brown's body up to New York for a public viewing at the Apollo Theater. The funeral director and Al Sharpton opted to drive Brown's body from Atlanta to New York, instead.
Portions of James Brown's funeral services in Augusta, GA were shown live on CNN.
Performed at President Richard Nixon's first inauguration on 30 January 1969.
Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture. [November 2006]
He was diagnosed with heart disease in 2003.
One of the personalities mentioned in the song "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club. The others were Bob Marley, Smokey Robinson, Hamilton Bohannon, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare (as Sly and Robbie), and Kurtis Blow.
Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2000.
Voted the tenth greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1501 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.
Paroled after serving 3 years of his six years. His crime was in 1988 when he threatened pedestrians with firearms, abused PCP, and led a high-speed car chase down Interstate 20 in Augusta, Georgia.
Mentioned in the song "When The World is Running Down" by The Police.
Mentioned in the hit song "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club.

Personal Quotes (6)

[about Elvis Presley] I wasn't just a fan, I was his brother. He said I was good and I said he was good; we never argued about that. Elvis was a hard worker, dedicated, and God loved him. Last time I saw him was at Graceland. We sang "Old Blind Barnabus" together, a gospel song. I love him and hope to see him in heaven. There'll never be another like that soul brother.
Disco is James Brown, hip-hop is James Brown, rap is James Brown; you know what I'm saying? You hear all the rappers, 90% of their music is me.
I would like to pass on the want to do something. The need is there. Good lyrics are good things, but I would like to pass on that drive, that vigorous undying determination.
We need to protect the kids by giving them something to do. It's about making them interested, making them love mom and dad more, love the family more, love themselves more and love their school. So there won't have to be killing in school.
I've been in slavery all my life. Ain't nothing changes for me but the address.
Sometimes, you like to let the hair do the talking!

Salary (1)

The T.A.M.I. Show (1964) $15,000

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