Knowledge Identifier: +James_Brown
Born in 1933.
Countries: United States (62%), United Kingdom (12%), Georgia (7%)
Linked to: The Famous Flames, Democratic Party, Polydor Records, Republican Party
Brown was inspired to become an entertainer after watching Louis Jordan, a popular jazz and R&B performer during the 1940s, and Jordan's Tympany Five performing "Caldonia" in a short film
Baby Lloyd Stallworth - "'Lloyd Eugene Stallworth"', known as "'Baby Lloyd"'" , was an American singer, dancer, songwriter, musician, choreographer, and recording artist, notable as a member of King Records R&B vocal group The Famous Flames from 1958 to 1967, and is a 2012 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, He was inducted as a member of the Flames along with Bobby Bennett, group founder Bobby Byrd, and Johnny Terry, after group lead singer James Brown's controversial solo induction in 1986
Fred Wesley - "'Fred Wesley"' is an American jazz and funk trombonist, best known for his work with James Brown in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as Parliament-Funkadelic in the second half of the 1970s
Brown began his performing career at the age of 12, forming his first vocal group, the Cremona Trio in 1945, where they won local talent shows at Augusta, Georgia concert halls such as the Lenox and Harlem theaters
Lyn Collins - "'Gloria Lavern Collins"', better known as "'Lyn Collins"' , was an African-American soul singer best known for working with James Brown in the 1970s and for the influential 1972 funk single "Think "
At the age of sixteen, he was convicted of armed robbery and sent to a juvenile detention center upstate in Toccoa, Georgia in 1949
First coming to national public attention in the mid 1950's as a member of the R&B singing group The Famous Flames , Brown performed in concerts, first making his rounds across the Chitlin' Circuit, and across the country and later around the world, along with appearing in shows on television and in movies
In 1952, while still in reform school, Brown met future R&B legend Bobby Byrd, who was there playing baseball against the reform school team
Bobby Byrd - In 1952 Bobby Byrd was playing baseball against the inmates of the Alto Reformatory prison team and met James Brown who was serving time there on armed robbery charges
By 1954, Brown had tried to get a deal with his gospel group, the Ever Ready Gospel Singers after recording a version of "His Eye Is on the Sparrow", but returned to Toccoa, Georgia when they failed to get a deal
Before Christmas 1955, Brantley had the group record a demo of "Please, Please, Please" for a local Macon, Georgia radio station
Baby Lloyd Stallworth - After the group's initial breakup in 1957,with original group members Bobby Byrd, Sylvester Keels, NaFloyd Scott,Nash Knox, and Johnny Terry leaving the group due to the group's managers Clint Brantley and Ben Bart giving James Brown top billing,Brown was having trouble keeping The Flames together
Soul music - Jackie Wilson, a contemporary of both Cooke and James Brown, achieved crossover success in 1957 with "Reet Petite", and was particularly influential for his dramatic delivery and performances
Joe Tex - In 1958, he signed with Ace and continued to have relative failures but was starting to build a unique stage reputation while opening up for artists such as Jackie Wilson, James Brown and Little Richard, perfecting the microphone tricks and dance moves that would define the rest of his career
Brown and Byrd subsequently recruited several members of the Cincinnati-based The Pacemakers, which included Bootsy Collins and his brother Phelps "Catfish" Collins; augmented by the remaining members of the 1960s road band and other newer musicians, they would form the nucleus of The J.B.'s, Brown's new backing ensemble
Fred Wesley - During the 1960s and 1970s he was a pivotal member of James Brown's bands, playing on many hit recordings including "Say it Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud", "Mother Popcorn" and co-writing tunes such as "Hot Pants"
Bernard Odum - He worked in the James Brown band until the end of the 1960s, and played on such hits as "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" , "I Got You " , "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" , and "Cold Sweat"
Carleen Anderson - Her mother is soul singer, Vicki Anderson who featured with James Brown during the 1960s and 1970s
Georgia on My Mind - The song has been covered by many artists, significant among them: Richard Manuel, Louis Armstrong, Ethel Waters, Frankie Laine, Dean Martin, Glenn Miller, Eddy Arnold, The Anita Kerr Singers, Brenda Lee, Zac Brown Band, Michael Bublé, Michael Bolton, Dave Brubeck, Anita O'Day, Mildred Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald, Rebecca Parris, Gerald Albright, Jo Stafford, Gladys Knight, Gene Krupa, Grover Washington, Jr., James Brown, Usher, Fats Waller, Billie Holiday, Nat Gonella and The Georgians, Django Reinhardt, Khalil Fong, Wes Montgomery,
Clarence Clemons - While at Maryland State College Clemons joined his first band, The Vibratones, which played James Brown covers and stayed together for about four years between 1961 and 1965
Bob Seger - Meanwhile, Seger was listening to James Brown and said that, for him and his friends, "Live at the Apollo" was their favorite record following its release in 1963
In 1964, figuring his deal with King was at an end, Brown and fellow Famous Flame Bobby Byrd formed the production company, Fair Deal, linking the operation to a new label, Mercury imprint Smash Records
Bobby Bennett (The Famous Flames) - The group appeared in two Hollywood motion pictures, "The T.A.M.I. Show", which was a 1964 concert film, taped at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on October 28 and 29 of 1964 in which the group upstaged headliners The Rolling Stones; and 1965's "Ski Party", a Frankie Avalon vehicle in which James Brown and The Flames were humorously casted as the "white bread" resort's all-black ski patrol
Solomon Burke - After the success of his "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" in late 1965, James Brown, believing he deserved to be crowned "King of Soul", hired Burke to perform for one night in Chicago, but ended up paying not to perform but rather to watch him perform instead, expecting Burke to surrender his crown and title to him
As a result of this, Brown was motivated to write the song, "Don't Be a Drop-Out", which was released in 1966 under the "James Brown and The Famous Flames" billing though the actual recording featured none of its members with the exception of Brown
Michael Jackson - In 1966, they won a major local talent show with renditions of Motown hits and James Brown's "I Got You", led by Michael.
Carlos Alomar - Circa 1968-9 he toured for eight months in James Brown's live band, eventually quitting after being docked wages for missing a musical cue
Marva Whitney - Osaka Monaurail style themselves on the James Brown sound and the single was produced in the fashion of an authentic release of the recordings she produced with Brown in 1969
Soul music - Artists like James Brown led soul towards funk music, which became typified by 1970s bands like Parliament-Funkadelic and The Meters
DJ Kool Herc - His playing of hard funk records of the sort typified by James Brown was an alternative both to the violent gang culture of the Bronx and to the nascent popularity of disco in the 1970s
David Matthews (keyboardist) - In 1970, he began working as both an arranger and bandleader for James Brown
Bootsy Collins - Rising to prominence with James Brown in the early 1970s, and later with Parliament-Funkadelic, Collins's driving bass guitar and humorous vocals established him as one of the leading names in funk
Bootsy Collins - In March 1970, after most of the members of James Brown's band quit over a pay dispute, The Pacemakers were hired as Brown's backing band and they became known as The J.B.'s
Let's Get It On - Following the success of funk records such as Sly and the Family Stone's "There's a Riot Goin' On" and James Brown's late 1960s and early 1970s singles, Gaye's "Let's Get It On" helped further the funk genre's reach and influence in the music industry, as well as increase its mainstream appeal
Al Sharpton - In 1971 while touring with James Brown, he met future wife Kathy Jordan, who was a backup singer
University of Vermont - UVM Concert Bureau was established in 1971 and has brought in artists such as R.E.M., Phish , Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting, Lou Reed, Primus, The String Cheese Incident, James Brown, Bob_Dylan, the Allman Brothers Band, Death Cab for Cutie, Jurassic 5, the Disco Biscuits, The Grateful Dead, Guster, and The Flaming Lips
During the 1972 presidential election, Brown again endorsed Nixon for his second term
As a result Brown's record sales and concerts in the United States reached a lull in 1973 as he failed to land a number-one R&B single that year
That's the Way Love Goes (Janet Jackson song) - "That's the Way Love Goes" is based on a sample from James Brown's 1974 track "Papa Don't Take No Mess"
After 1976's "Bodyheat", he failed to appear on the Billboard Hot 100
By 1977, Brown was no longer a dominant force in R&B. After "Get Up Offa That Thing", thirteen of Brown's late 1970s recordings for Polydor, failed to reach the Top 10 of the R&B chart, with only "Body Heat" in 1976 and the disco-oriented "It's Too Funky in Here" in 1979 reaching the R&B Top 15 and the ballad "Kiss in '77" reaching the Top 20
Elvis Costello - Costello's standing in the U.S. was bruised for a time when in March 1979, during a drunken argument with Stephen Stills and Bonnie Bramlett in a Columbus, Ohio Holiday Inn bar, the singer referred to James Brown as a "jive-ass nigger", upped the ante by pronouncing Ray Charles a "blind, ignorant, nigger"
Rocky IV - The robot is identified by its engineers as "SICO" and is/was a member of the Screen Actors Guild and toured with James Brown in the 1980s
Kurtis Blow - Bruce Haack's 1982 single "Party Machine" featured the lyric, "Low low low like Kurtis Blow/ Down down down like James Brown.
Bobby Bennett (The Famous Flames) - As a result of this committee's decision, The Famous Flames, including Bennett, were one of the six groups automatically inducted into the Hall of Fame, without the need for nomination and voting, under the premise that they should have been inducted with James Brown back in 1986
Jimmy Page - David Fricke, a senior editor at "Rolling Stone" magazine, described Jimmy Page in 1988 as "probably the most digitally sampled artist in pop today after James Brown
Raymond van het Groenewoud - In 1990 most of his songs were re-recorded for a compilation album, with a new single "Liefde voor muziek" which is a parody of the gospel of James Brown in the movie "Blues Brothers"
Fred Wesley - In the early 1990s Wesley toured with his colleagues from the James Brown band, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker, as the JB Horns
In 1993, the City Council of Steamboat Springs, Colorado conducted a poll of its residents to choose a new name for the bridge that crossed the Yampa River on Shield Drive
Bhangra (music) - But bring on the bass lines, bring on the funky-drummer beat, bring on the James Brown samples", to "Time" magazine in 1997
Levi Roots - Roots has performed with James Brown and Maxi Priest and was nominated for a Best Reggae Act MOBO award in 1998
In 1999, when being interviewed by "Rolling Stone", the magazine asked him to name a hero in the 20th century, Brown mentioned Republican Senator Strom Thurmond, stating "when the young whippersnappers get out of line, whether Democrat or Republican, an old man can walk up and say 'Wait a minute, son, it goes this way
Brown made a cameo appearance in the 2002 Jackie Chan film "The Tuxedo", in which Chan was required to finish Brown's act after Brown was accidentally knocked out by Chan
Bobby Byrd - In 2003, a few years prior to his death, Bobby, his wife Vicki, and Famous Flames Bobby Bennett and Lloyd Stallworth, sued lead singer James Brown and Universal Music for non-payment of royalties stating that monies that rightfully belong to them for Byrd's hit "I Know You Got Soul", which was sampled by numerous rappers, including Eric B. & Rakim, were sent by Universal to James Brown instead, who allegedly subsequently kept them
Joss Stone - Stone performed a medley of "It's a Man's World" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" with funk legend James Brown on BBC One's chat show "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" on 1 July 2005
MC Hammer - Hammer and Jackson would later appear, speak and/or perform at the funeral service for James Brown in 2006.
MC Hammer - They appeared together at the funeral service for James Brown in 2006, where Hammer danced in honor of The Godfather of Soul.
Before his death, Brown was scheduled to perform a duet with singer Annie Lennox on the song "Vengeance" for her new album "Venus", which was released in 2007
Tomi Rae Hynie - In April 2007, Hynie selected a guardian ad litem that she wants the court to appoint to represent James Brown II in the proceedings to establish paternity
Christos Dantis - In September 2007 after his collaboration with the Mad Music Channel under the "Mad Secret Concert" events, he released the album "DANTIS - ROCK AND LIVE" with many popular cover songs of artists such as The Killers, Kaiser Chiefs, Nek, and great other like James Brown and Stevie Wonder
However, on April 14, 2012 The Famous Flames were automatically and retroactively inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame alongside James Brown, without the need for nomination and voting, under the premise that they should have been inducted with him back in 1986
Bobby Bennett (The Famous Flames) - As the group's fortunes increased, however, James Brown began to think in terms of solo success, apart from the Flames, helping to bring dissension, which Bennett confirmed in an interview with the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2012
Baby Lloyd Stallworth - In 2012, some 27 years after the solo induction of lead singer James Brown, the other Flames were inducted, and the error was finally corrected
Augusta, Georgia - Due to malfunctioning ice machinery at the James Brown Arena, hockey operations were suspended prior to the 2013-2014 season
Bobby Bennett (The Famous Flames) - Actor/choreographer Aakomon Jones will play Famous Flame Bobby Bennett in the James Brown biofilm "Get On Up", which opens in U.S.theatres on 8/1/2014
Baby Lloyd Stallworth - Choreographer Codie Wiggins played Famous Flame "Baby Lloyd" Stallworth in the 2014 biopic, "Get On Up-The James Brown Story" that was released in theatres nationwide on August 1st, 2014
Lee Fields - In 2014, Fields provided additional vocals for the James Brown biographical movie, Get On Up
Bobby Bennett (The Famous Flames) - Actor/choreographer Aakomon Jones played Famous Flame Bobby Bennett in the James Brown biofilm "Get on Up", which opened in U.S.theatres on January 8, 2014
Tomi Rae Hynie - In July 2018, the Georgia Court of Appeals agreed with the local probate judge in Augusta that Hynie was the former wife and widow of James Brown, rejecting the arguments of Brown's children that she was not because of her prior marriage
In 2019, an investigation by CNN and other journalists led to suggestions that Brown had been murdered