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 creator 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, he influenced the development of several music genres.

Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. He joined an R&B vocal group, the Gospel Starlighters (which later evolved into the Flames), in which he was the 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. His 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 he 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". He also became noted 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 from congestive heart failure in 2006.

Brown recorded 16 singles that reached number one on the Billboard R&B charts. He also holds the record for the most singles listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which did not reach number one. Brown has received honors from 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. He 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
1996 Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975 James Brown 1
1996 JB40: 40th Anniversary Collection James Brown 2
1996 Foundations of Funk: A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969 James Brown 1
1996 Golden Hits James Brown 1
1997 Golden Hits James Brown 1
1997 Club JB James Brown 1
1997 Funky Men James Brown feat. Bobby Byrd & The J.B.’s 2
1997 The Very Best of James Brown James Brown 1
1998 James Brown: The Gold Collection James Brown 1
1998 The Very Best of James Brown James Brown 1
1998 Dead on the Heavy Funk: 1975-83 James Brown 1
1998 Essential Masters: James Brown James Brown 1
1998 Sex Machine James Brown 1
1999 Prisoner of Love James Brown 1
1999 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of James Brown James Brown 1
1999 Live - I Feel Good James Brown 1
1999 Sex Machine James Brown 1
2000 Live James Brown 1
2000 Feel Good! James Brown 1
2001 Greatest Hits James Brown 1
2001 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, CD 2 James Brown 1
2001 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, CD 3 James Brown 1
2001 Too Funky James Brown 1
2002 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of James Brown, Volume 2: The '70s James Brown 1
2002 The Godfather: The Very Best of James Brown James Brown 2
2002 It's a Man's World James Brown 1
2002 Out of Sight! The Very Best of James Brown James Brown 1
2003 Godfather of Soul James Brown 1
2003 Funky Goodtime James Brown 1
2003 The 50th Anniversary Collection James Brown 1
2004 Gold: Greatest Hits James Brown 1
2004 Platinum & Gold Collection James Brown 1
2004 Please, Please, Please James Brown 1
2005 Greatest Breakbeats James Brown 1
2005 Gold James Brown 2
2006 Soul Legends James Brown 2
2006 The Singles, Volume 1: The Federal Years: 1956-1960 James Brown 1
2007 Number 1's: James Brown James Brown 3
2007 The Singles, Volume 2: 1960-1963 James Brown 1
2007 Godfather of Soul James Brown 1
2007 The Singles, Volume 3: 1964-1965 James Brown 1
2007 The Singles, Volume 4: 1966-1967 James Brown 1
2007 A Family Affair James Brown 1
2007 Classic James Brown James Brown 1
2007 Dynamite X James Brown 1
2008 The Singles, Volume 5: 1967-1969 James Brown 1
2008 James Brown James Brown 1
2008 Soul Brother No. 1 James Brown 1
2008 The Godfather of Soul James Brown 1
2009 The Singles, Volume 6: 1969-1970 James Brown 1
2009 James Brown James Brown 1
2009 The Singles, Volume 7: 1970-1972 James Brown 1
2009 The Singles, Volume 8: 1972-1973 James Brown 1
2009 Greatest Hits James Brown 1
2009 Living in America: The Best Of James Brown 1
2010 The Singles, Volume 9: 1973-1975 James Brown 1
2010 The Complete James Brown Christmas James Brown 1
2011 The Singles, Volume 10: 1975-1979 James Brown 1
2011 The Singles, Volume 11: 1979-1981 James Brown 1
2012 Like a Sex Machine James Brown 2
2013 I Feel Good: The Very Best Of James Brown 1
2013 The Soul Brothers of Jazz James Brown 1
2013 5 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Rare And Live Tracks James Brown 1
2015 Playlist: The Very Best of James Brown James Brown 1
2015 The 50 Greatest Songs James Brown 1
Ballads James Brown 1
Classic James Brown, Volume 2 James Brown 1
Collection James Brown 1
Collection James Brown 1
Dance Classics James Brown 1
Experience James Brown 1
Gold James Brown 1
Gold: Greatest Hits James Brown 1
Golden Hits James Brown 1
Greatest Hits James Brown 1
Greatest Hits James Brown 1
Greatest Hits Live James Brown 1
His Greatest Performance! Live! James Brown 1
James Brown James Brown 1
James Brown 1956-1976 James Brown 1
James Brown Greatest Hits James Brown 1
Live, Volume 2 James Brown 1
Master Series: James Brown James Brown 1
Memories of James Brown James Brown 1
Memories of James Brown James Brown 1
Messing With the Blues James Brown 1
Motherlode James Brown 1
Mr. Dynamite James Brown 1
Santa's Got a Brand New Bag James Brown 1
Soul & Funky James Brown 1
Spank James Brown 1
The Best of James Brown James Brown 1
The Complete Works - The Very Best Of Music James Brown 1
The Essential Collection James Brown 1
The Godfather of Soul James Brown 1
The Godfather Returns James Brown 1
The Great James Brown James Brown 2
The Greatest James Brown 1
The Magic Collection James Brown 1
The Soul Power Sex Machine James Brown 1

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