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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.

Brown recorded 16 number-one singles on the Billboard R&B charts. Brown also holds the record as the artist to have charted the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 which did not reach number-one on that chart. Brown was honored by 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, Hot R&B Songs, James Brown is ranked as number one in The Top 500 Artists. Brown is ranked seventh on the music magazine Rolling Stone's list of its 100 greatest artists of all time.

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Watch a new clip from the upcoming James Brown biopic 'Get On Up'

Watch a new clip from the upcoming James Brown biopic 'Get On Up'

Film will portray the life and times of the 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' singer

  • Jul 18, 2014

James Brown's publicist claims late soul legend was 'murdered'

Jacque Hollander says she has been forced into hiding after receiving death threats

  • Sep 15, 2011

James Brown, Miles Davis drummer Steve Reid dies

Reid had been battling cancer

  • Apr 13, 2010

James Brown's body not missing, says funeral director

The soul legend is apparently still at rest in South Carolina

  • Mar 15, 2010

James Brown's body goes missing, according to his daughter

LaRhonda Pettit says 'My daddy's body has disappeared'

  • Mar 12, 2010

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