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James Brown

Birthdate: 3. May 1933
Date of death: 25. December 2006

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James Joseph Brown was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, organist 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 spanned six decades, 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 , 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 " 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 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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Quotes James Brown

„This is a mans world.
This is a mans world.
But it would be nothing, nothing
Without a women or a girl.“

—  James Brown
It's a Man's Man's Man's World, written with Betty Jean Newsome, from It's a Man's Man's Man's World (1966)

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„This is an issue couples have to be straight on and agree on before they walk down that aisle; otherwise there is no way their marriage will survive.“

—  James Brown
On having children — as quoted in Brown, J. & Eliot, M. (2005). I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul, p. 248. New American Library: New York.

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„Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second. Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he's got it all.“

—  James Brown
Brown, J. & Tucker, B.B. (1986). James Brown: The Godfather of Soul. Macmillan: New York.

„Manhood is what we profess, and what we try to get across.“

—  James Brown
Pop Chronicles: Show 51 - The Soul Reformation: Phase three, soul music at the summit. (Part 7) https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc19832/m1/#track/5, recorded 1.7.1970 http://archive.is/w3aj.

„I'm going away tonight.“

—  James Brown
Last words as quoted by James Brown to Charles Bobbit, his longtime personal manager, just minutes before death on December 25 2006

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