James Brown

(biography, photos, videos) James Joseph brown, Jr.

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  • Name: James brown ( James Joseph brown Jr. )
  • Date of birth: 3 may 1933
  • Age: 73 years
  • Date of death: December 25, 2006
  • Place of birth: Barnwell, United States
  • Height: 168
  • Activity: singer, musician, actor
  • Marital status: married

    James brown: biography

    James brown, American singer-songwriter styles of soul and funk, which is considered one of the greatest musicians of the rock ‘ n ‘ roll, as well as among the hundred most influential figures in pop music of the twentieth century. He had many nicknames – from » the Godfather of soul Mr. Dynamite. Not even the biggest music lovers I know his pop hit «I Got You (I Feel Good)», which became the hallmark of James brown.

    He was born into a poor family, in the U.S. state of South Carolina, but when a guy passed in the other place. At an early age he was placed in the care of aunt, who was the owner of a public house in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Still a teenager, James went on a curve track – he was stealing from local shops, then engaged in more serious crimes and eventually went to jail at the age of 16 years old for committing robbery.

    Quite unusual, but in prison, brown began to learn the basics of music, singing well-known hits with the accompaniment… the washing Board. When released, the young man tried to find himself in the world of sports, like baseball or Boxing, but was soon invited to join the musical band «The Famous Flames», as this group was organized by a producer who saw the performance of James in prison. The ensemble toured the southern States and sang, like many similar groups, a mixture of gospel and rhythm and Blues.


    For almost 10 years, James brown was known only among the Negro audiences in the southern States. But even then he managed to stand out from hundreds of competitors, as the fiery rhythms of the artist and unusual cries from the stage gave to his performances a unique dynamic and created an atmosphere of «africanizations».

    On the basis of brown’s first song was «Please Please Please», which is considered a pioneer in the style of «soul». Later came the full length album of the same name. With years James has just increased the revs and at his concerts was given so that, going behind the scenes, often fainted from exhaustion.

    In the mid-60s for the singer it was his personal Golden time. First on the shelves appeared his ballad «it’s a man’s, man’s, man’s World», and soon, the world learned a catchy song «I Got You (I Feel Good)» still not lost its appeal. In the same period, brown received the statuette «Grammy» for the song «Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag». In General, it should be noted that James brown in his career as much as 99 times fell into the most popular hit parade of the world «Billboard Hot 100», but, oddly enough, never reached the first place in this chart.

    In the early 70-ies, releasing the dance hit «Sex Machine,» the singer begins to experiment with styles. Many music critics consider James brown the father of not only soul music, but this popular genre, like funk. Moreover, attentively listening to songs of the 60-70-ies, most of them believe that without the artist there would be no modern hip-hop.

    Later brown began to politicize their songs. In its repertoire more often heard songs like «Say It Loud — I’m Black and I’m Proud», which translates as «say it out Loud – I’m black and proud of it». Then James shifts the focus of the tour in the direction of African States. In 1986, with the creation of the hall of fame rock n ‘ roll, James brown was announced as one of the essential figures of that period.


    In 1965, James brown debuted in the cinema in the Comedy film «ski party.» Longer appear on the set he was in 70-ies and 80-ies and mainly in humorous paintings, «Finks», «the Blues Brothers», «Doctor Detroit» and many others. Also on account of his role of a rock musician in the sports drama «rocky 4» with Sylvester Stallone in the title role.

    Just on account of the singer and actor in more than 80 films and documentaries, however, in most of them he plays himself, present. But he managed to work in scenes with such stars as David Bowie, Gary Oldman, Jackie Chan, and many others.

    Personal life

    The first time James brown married longtime girlfriend Wilma Warren, with whom he lived 10 years of his life. But after the divorce they have maintained close communication, and singer considered the first wife of one of his closest friends. Second marriage to DeeDee Jenkins lasted about the same. But with a third wife Adriana Rodriguez, brown lived until her death in 1996, and this relationship was considered the most scandalous in his life, as the police have repeatedly received complaints about domestic violence.

    The last wife of the great singer Tomi RAE heini appeared in his life a year after Adriana’s funeral. She was a backup singer at his concerts, and later they began a relationship. The ceremony was held on 23 December 2002 and were valid, but after the death of James and other relatives to challenge the legality of that marriage, since the time of the wedding divorce Tome with her first husband because of bureaucratic system did not manage to enter into force.

    James brown had many children from different women. He recognized nine – 5 sons and 4 daughters. Three more managed to establish his paternity through DNA-examination much later.


    Recent years, James brown lived in his rotating house in beach island, South Carolina. He suffered from diabetes and suffered prostate cancer.

    Died artist during the celebration of the Catholic Christmas 2006. Cause of death was a long time tortured him pneumonia. Farewell to legendary singer was public, the ceremony was attended by Michael Jackson, Madonna and other stars of pop music. By the way, that year the ceremony of «Grammy» dedicated to the memory of James brown.

    Due to ongoing litigation with the family of the singer, his ashes were never buried properly. Only six months later, the body was buried, so to speak, on a temporary basis, and this place is not installed. It is expected that the godfather of soul music will find a final last resort, when his relatives will be able to reach an agreement.

    In 2014, the American film Director Tate Taylor has released a biopic about the musician entitled «James brown: Way upward». And in Georgia, a monument to the singer in full growth.


    • 1959 — Please, Please, Please
    • 1962 — Good, Good Twistin
    • 1963 — Live at the Apollo
    • 1965 — Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag
    • 1966 — I Got You (I Feel Good)
    • 1972 — Get on the Good Foot
    • 1973 — The Payback
    • 1974 — Hell
    • 1986 — In the Jungle Groove
    • 1991 — Star Time


    • 1965 ski party
    • 1970 — Finks
    • 1980 — The Blues Brothers
    • 1983 — Doctor Detroit
    • 1985 — rocky 4
    • 1994-1997 — Dikmen
    • 1998 — Holy man
    • 2002 — undercover brother
    • 2002 — the Tuxedo
    • 2003 — Paper airplane


    James Brown

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