JAMES BROWN- Godfather of Soul!!!!!!!!! Mr. Dynamite!!!!!!!!!!!!

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James Joseph Brown Jr. was born at Augusta,South Carolina, U.S on May 3 1933. Unfortunately, the worldwide phenomenen past away on December 25, 2006. His music varied in genre, but his main genres consisted of Rhythm and Blues, funk and soul. Mr. Dynamite is a talented one-- he is a singer, musician,composer, dancer, bandleader and a record producer. James Brown has collaborated with the following: The Famous Flames, The J.B's , Bobby Byrd, The Soul Generals and Lyn Collins.

Contributions to music:

  • With his backing bands, generally considered to be the primary architect of funk music
  • A major force in transforming R&B music into soul
  • His 1963 LP Live At The Apollowas a major influence in bringing soul music to the masses
  • Perhaps the most dynamic stage presence rock and roll has ever produced
  • Considered one of soul music's greatest all-time vocalists
  • An important and activist African-American icon during the civil rights movement of the Sixties
  • A major player in the "blaxploitation" craze of the early Seventies
  • Sampled portions of his records were fundamental in the explosion of hip-hop in the late Eighties


  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1986)
  • GRAMMY Awards (1965, 1986, 1991)
  • GRAMMY Hall of Fame (1998, 1999, 2001)
  • Kennedy Center Honors (2003)
  • Songwriters Hall of Fame (2000)

Recorded work:

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  • "Try Me" (1959)
  • "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (1965)
  • "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Part 1" (1965)
  • "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (1966)
  • "Cold Sweat - Part 1" (1967)
  • "I Got The Feelin'" (1968)
  • "Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud (Part 1)" (1968)
  • "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose" (1969)
  • "Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me) (Part 1)" (1969)
  • "Super Bad (Part 1 & Part 2)" (1970)
  • "Hot Pants Pt. 1 (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)" (1970)
  • "Make It Funky (Part 1)" (1971)
  • "Get On The Good Foot - Part 1" (1972)
  • "Talking Loud And Saying Nothing - Part 1" (1972)
  • "My Thang" (1974)
  • "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" (1974)
  • "The Payback - Part 1" (1974)

The Godfather of Soul
The Minister of the New New Super Heavy Funk
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The Hardest Working Man in Show Business
Soul Brother Number One
Mr. Dynamite
The Godfather of Funk
Mr Please Please Please

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Trade Mark
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!

James Brown was clearly influenced by classic blues, gospel, and African-American folk music. Brown knew he wanted to become an entertainer after watching performance footage of the popular jazz and R&B singer Louis Jordan. He was also certainly influenced by artists like Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, and Little Richard, though these musical contemporaries would have been just as influenced by James Brown as he was by them.