James Brown

Born 3 May 1933. Died 25 December 2006.

"The Godfather of Soul"

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James Brown - Interview with Craig Charles

Craig Charles spins the funk and interviews godfather of soul James Brown, talking about the early days and money!

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Biography

James Joseph Brown, Jr. (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers 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, Brown profoundly influenced the development of several music genres.

Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. Joining an R&B vocal group called the Avons that later evolved to become The Famous Flames, Brown served as the group's lead singer. First coming to national public attention in the late 1950s as a member of The Flames with the ballads "Please, Please, Please" and "Try Me", Brown built a reputation as a tireless live performer with the singing group The Famous Flames and his backing band, sometimes known as the James Brown Band or the James Brown Orchestra. Brown's 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, Brown 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 (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" and "The Payback". Brown also became notable 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 for the duration of his life until his death in 2006 from Congestive heart failure. He leaves behind his children and grandchildren.

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Labels

  • Founded People Records and Brownstone Records

Personal Relationships

BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Live at the Garden – Expanded Edition

    Live at the Garden – Expanded Edition 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Do, please, bring it up and let yourself go.
  2. Review of Live At The Apollo

    Live At The Apollo 1962

    Reviewed by David O'Donnell
    Defines him as an artist better than anything he recorded in the studio
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