James Brown ("The Godfather of Soul")

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James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and bandleader. The founding father 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 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 Flames, Brown served as the group's 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. 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 (I Feel Good)" 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 until his death in 2006 from congestive heart failure.

Brown recorded 16 singles that peaked at number-one on the Billboard R&B charts. Brown also holds the record for the most singles listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which did not reach number-one. Brown has been 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, 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. Rolling Stone has also cited Brown as the most sampled artist of all time.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 James Browns Presents His Band & Five Other Great Artists James Brown 1
1961 The Amazing James Brown James Brown 1
1962 Shout & Shimmy James Brown 1
1963 Prisoner of Love James Brown 1
1964 Showtime James Brown 1
1964 Grits & Soul James Brown 1
1965 James Brown Plays James Brown: Yesterday and Today James Brown 1
1965 Out of Sight James Brown 2
1966 James Brown Plays New Breed James Brown 1
1966 It's a Man's Man's Man's World James Brown 2
1966 Handful Of Soul James Brown At The Organ 1
1966 I Got You (I Feel Good) James Brown 1
1966 Mighty Instrumentals James Brown 1
1966 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag James Brown 2
1967 James Brown Sings Raw Soul James Brown 1
1968 A Soulful Christmas James Brown 2
1968 I Got the Feelin' James Brown 1
1968 Thinking About Little Willie John and a Few Nice Things James Brown 1
1969 Gettin' Down to It James Brown 2
1969 The Popcorn James Brown 2
1969 It's a Mother James Brown 1
1969 Say It Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud James Brown 2
1970 Soul on Top James Brown 2
1970 It's a New Day -- So Let a Man Come In James Brown 1
1970 Sex Machine James Brown 4.5 2
1970 Ain't It Funky James Brown 1
1971 Hot Pants James Brown 3
1971 Sho Is Funky Down Here James Brown 1
1971 Super Bad James Brown 1
1972 Get on the Good Foot James Brown 3
1972 There It Is James Brown 2
1973 The Payback James Brown 5 3
1974 Hell James Brown 4.5 3
1974 Reality James Brown 2
1975 Sex Machine Today James Brown 1
1975 Everybody's Doin' the Hustle & Dead on the Double Bump James Brown 1
1976 Bodyheat James Brown 1
1976 Get Up Offa That Thing James Brown 1
1976 Hot James Brown 1
1977 Mutha's Nature James Brown 1
1978 Jam 1980's James Brown 1
1978 Take a Look at Those Cakes James Brown 1
1979 The Original Disco Man James Brown 1
1980 People James Brown 1
1980 Soul Syndrome James Brown 3
1981 Nonstop! James Brown 1
1983 Bring It On! James Brown 1
1984 Unity Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown 1
1986 Gravity James Brown 2
1988 I'm Real James Brown 3

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