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JAMES BROWN
*3 May 1933 near Barnwell, South Carolina, USA
†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: LIVE AT CHASTAIN PARK DVD (WEINERWORLD)
I remember seeing the Godfather of Soul perform at The Venue in London when Martha High was one of his support singers. As ever, it was a high octane set, not a dull moment as the singer sang, gyrated and strutted his stuff through his vast catalogue of hits. The heat from the stage was totally intoxicating yet exhausting as he worked his musicians to a burning pitch. It was an incredible experience for me to watch such an iconic performer at work – and work they all did! This CD then, record...
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JAMES BROWN: A FAMILY AFFAIR (Brownstone)
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