James Brown“The Godfather of Soul”. Born 3 May 1933. Died 25 December 2006
James Brown Biography (Wikipedia)
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer 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 lasted 50 years, 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 (which later evolved into the Flames) founded by Bobby Byrd, 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 (I Feel Good)" 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 (I Feel Like Being a) 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 pneumonia in 2006.
- Mary Anne speaks to James Brown's daughter Deanna Brown-Thomashttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p066yz3h.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p066yz3h.jpg2018-05-12T08:39:00.000ZMary Anne speaks to Deanna Brown-Thomas, the daughter of the late Godfather of Soul, about her work as part of the James Brown Family Foundation.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p066yxqq
Mary Anne speaks to James Brown's daughter Deanna Brown-Thomas
- A Funky Drumming Trunk Of Funk!https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05jyygr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p05jyygr.jpg2017-10-14T19:41:00.000ZWe pay tribute to jazz drummer Grady Tate with a playlist full of our favourite funky drummers.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p05jyy9r
A Funky Drumming Trunk Of Funk!
- The time Thom Yorke introduced James Brown live at the Hollywood Bowlhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p058rrxq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p058rrxq.jpg2017-07-15T10:45:00.000ZColin Greenwood opens up about the band's love of funk and soul music.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p058rrhk
The time Thom Yorke introduced James Brown live at the Hollywood Bowl
- Archive Interview: Craig interviews James Brownhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04lwqnv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p04lwqnv.jpg2016-12-17T17:47:00.000ZCraig celebrates the life and legacy of James Brown, ten years after his passing, by replaying an old interview he did with The Godfather when he was seventy one years old.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04lrrp1
Archive Interview: Craig interviews James Brown
- The Funk Family Tree Launches!https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03gcdpv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03gcdpv.jpg2016-01-23T20:30:00.000ZCraig launches his new feature The Funk Family Tree, which begins with the man who claims to have written the first ever funk record... James Brown!https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03gcdq4
The Funk Family Tree Launches!
- James Brown is inducted in to Michael Balls Singers Hall of Famehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02ldn79.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02ldn79.jpg2015-03-08T20:50:00.000ZJames Brown enters into this weeks Singers Hall of Fame on Sunday Night with Michael Ballhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02ldnks
James Brown is inducted in to Michael Balls Singers Hall of Fame
- Festival Film Club with Don Lettshttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kfq8y.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02kfq8y.jpg2015-02-20T11:13:00.000ZMary Anne is joined by our very own Don Letts to discuss the exceptional films he has selected for this year's Silent Cinema at the 6 Music Festival by Day.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02kfqfm
Festival Film Club with Don Letts
- The Funk & Soul Years - 1968https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02jhwjv.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p02jhwjv.jpg2015-02-07T20:50:00.000ZCraig takes you back to 1968 for The Funk & Soul Years.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02jhwk7
The Funk & Soul Years - 1968
James Brown Tracks