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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Discography

Album

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 2
1976 Get Up Offa That Thing James Brown 1
1976 Hot James Brown 2
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
1991 Love Over-Due James Brown 1
1992 The Sex Machine Live James Brown 1
1995 Cold Sweat James Brown 1
1996 Please Please Please James Brown 5 1
1998 I'm Back James Brown 1
1998 The Godfather Live in N.Y.C. James Brown 1
1999 James Brown Christmas for the Millennium & Forever James Brown 1
2000 Seventh Wonder James Brown 1
2002 The Next Step James Brown 2
2002 The Merry Christmas Album James Brown 1
2007 Jazz James Brown 1
2010 Please Please Please / Try Me! James Brown 1
Presenting: The Godfather of Soul James Brown 1
Soul Sessions Live James Brown 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1961 Night Train James Brown Presents His Band 1
1966 James Brown and His Famous Flames Sing Christmas Songs James Brown 1
1968 Presents His Show of Tomorrow James Brown 1
1982 Historia de la música rock - 29 James Brown 4 1
1984 The James Brown Story: Ain't That a Groove 1966-1969 James Brown 1
1985 Dead on the Heavy Funk: 1974-76 James Brown 1
1985 The CD of JB: Sex Machine & Other Soul Classics James Brown 2
1986 In the Jungle Groove James Brown 3
1987 CD of JB II: Cold Sweat & Other Soul Classics James Brown 1
1988 Motherlode James Brown 1
1988 Soul Brother Number One James Brown 1
1989 At His Best James Brown 1
1989 Duets James Brown 2
1990 Dance Machine James Brown 2
1991 Star Time James Brown 5 1
1991 20 All Time Greatest Hits! James Brown 2
1991 Sex Machine: The Very Best of James Brown James Brown 1
1991 I Feel Good James Brown 1
1991 James Brown Is Back James Brown 1
1991 Live, Volume 1 James Brown 1
1992 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag James Brown 1
1992 The Greatest Hits Of The Fourth Decade James Brown 1
1992 The Wonderful World of James Brown James Brown 1
1992 Universal James James Brown 2
1993 Soul Pride: 1960-1969 James Brown 1
1993 Funky President: Very Best of James Brown, Volume 2 James Brown 2
1993 Godfather of Soul James Brown 1
1994 Turn It Loose James Brown 1
1995 Living in America James Brown 1
1995 Roots of a Revolution James Brown 1
1995 Funky Christmas James Brown 1
1995 70's Funk Classics James Brown 1
1995 The Soul Machine James Brown 1
1996 Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang James Brown 2
1996 Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975 James Brown 1
1996 JB40: 40th Anniversary Collection James Brown 2

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