James Brown

James Brown

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1933-04-03 · Deathday: 2006-12-25 (73 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Barnwell, South Carolina, USA

44 Movies · 22 TV shows

Also Known As: The Godfather of Soul · 'The Godfather of Soul' James Brown

Biography

James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century music dance, he is often referred to by the honorific nicknames "Godfather of Soul", "Mr. Dynamite", and "Soul Brother No. 1". In a career that lasted over 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres. Brown was one of the first ten inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at its inaugural induction dinner in New York on January 23, 1986.Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. He first came to national public attention in the mid-1950s as the lead singer of The Famous Flames, a rhythm and blues vocal group founded by Bobby Byrd. 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, Brown moved from a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly "Africanized" approach to music-making, emphasizing stripped-down and interlocking rhythms, 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 pneumonia in 2006.Brown recorded 17 singles that reached No. 1 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 No. 1. Brown was inducted into the first class of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2013 as an artist and then in 2017 as a songwriter. He also received honors from several other institutions, including inductions into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In Joel Whitburn's analysis of the Billboard R&B charts from 1942 to 2010, Brown is ranked No. 1 in The Top 500 Artists. He is ranked No. 7 on Rolling Stone's list of its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Personal Life

At the end of his life, James Brown lived in Beech Island, South Carolina, directly across the Savannah River from Augusta, Georgia. Brown had diabetes that went undiagnosed for years, according to his longtime manager Charles Bobbit. In 2004, Brown was successfully treated for prostate cancer. Regardless of his health, Brown maintained his reputation as the "hardest working man in show business" by keeping up with his grueling performance schedule.In 1962, Tammi Terrell joined the James Brown Revue. Brown became sexually involved with Terrell even though she was only 17 in a relationship that continued until she escaped his abuse. Bobby Bennett, former member of the Famous Flames, told Rolling Stone about the abuse he witnessed: "He beat Tammi Terrell terrible", said Bennett. "She was bleeding, shedding blood." Terrell, who died in 1970, was Brown's girlfriend before she became famous as Marvin Gaye's singing partner in the mid-Sixties. "Tammi left him because she didn't want her butt whipped", said Bennett, who also claimed he saw Brown kick one pregnant girlfriend down a flight of stairs.

Early Life

Brown was born on May 3, 1933, in Barnwell, South Carolina, to 16-year-old Susie (née Behling; 1916–2004) and 21-year-old Joseph Gardner Brown (1912–1993) in a small wooden shack. Brown's name was supposed to have been Joseph James Brown Jr., but his first and middle names were mistakenly reversed on his birth certificate. He later legally changed his name to remove "Jr." In his autobiography, Brown stated that he had Chinese and Native American ancestry and that his father was of mixed African American and Native American descent, while his mother was of mixed African American and Asian descent. The Brown family lived in extreme poverty in Elko, South Carolina, which was an impoverished town at the time. They later moved to Augusta, Georgia, when James was four or five. His family first settled at one of his aunts' brothels. They later moved into a house shared with another aunt. Brown's mother eventually left the family after a contentious and abusive marriage and moved to New York. Brown spent long stretches of time on his own, hanging out in the streets and hustling to get by. He managed to stay in school until the sixth grade.He began singing in talent shows as a young child, first appearing at Augusta's Lenox Theater in 1944, winning the show after singing the ballad "So Long". While in Augusta, Brown performed buck dances for change to entertain troops from Camp Gordon at the start of World War II as their convoys traveled over a canal bridge near his aunt's home. He learned to play the piano, guitar, and harmonica during this period. He became inspired to become an entertainer after hearing "Caldonia" by Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five. In his teen years, Brown briefly had a career as a boxer. At the age of 16, he was convicted of robbery and sent to a juvenile detention center in Toccoa. There, he formed a gospel quartet with four fellow cellmates, including Johnny Terry. Brown met singer Bobby Byrd when the two played against each other in a baseball game outside the detention center. Byrd also discovered that Brown could sing after hearing of "a guy called Music Box", which was Brown's musical nickname at the prison. Byrd has since claimed he and his family helped to secure an early release, which led to Brown promising the court he would "sing for the Lord". Brown was released on a work sponsorship with Toccoa business owner S.C. Lawson. Lawson was impressed with Brown's work ethic and secured his release with a promise to keep him employed for two years. Brown was paroled on June 14, 1952. He would go on to work with both of Lawson's sons, and would come back to visit the family from time to time throughout his career. Shortly after being paroled he joined the gospel group the Ever-Ready Gospel Singers, featuring Byrd's sister Sarah.

Movies & TV shows

2020.

1 TV show
TV
70 Years of Youth Revolt

70 Years of Youth Revolt

2020
A look back at the social movements, revolts and youth subcultures from the post-war period to the present day: after the World War II, the left-bank of Paris became a mecca for jazz and alternative l...

2019.

2 Movies
Africa Rising

Africa Rising

2019
How African artists have spread African culture all over the world, especially music, since the harsh years of decolonization, trying to offer a nicer portrait of this amazing continent, historically ...
The Apollo

The Apollo

2019
The history of New York City's Apollo Theater in Harlem is given the full treatment.

2018.

1 Movie
1968: A Year of War, Turmoil and Beyond

1968: A Year of War, Turmoil and Beyond

2018
The Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War, the Civil Rights Movement, the May events in France, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy, the Prague Spring, the Chicago riots, the...

2014.

3 Movies
Finding the Funk

Finding the Funk

2014
Finding the Funk is a road trip in search of the past, present and future of Funk music. Starting with Funk's roots in Jazz and the James Brown bands of the '60s we travel to the Bay Area to celebrate...
James Brown - The Man, The Music & The Message

James Brown - The Man, The Music & The Message

2014
He has his greatest live performances.
Mr. Dynamite - The Rise of James Brown

Mr. Dynamite - The Rise of James Brown

2014
James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Abandoned by his parents at an early age, James Brown was a self-made man who became one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, n...

2011.

1 Movie
The Real Rocky

The Real Rocky

2011
Chuck Wepner is from New Jersey. He was abused by Sonny Liston, got his nose broken by Muhammad Ali, and inspired the movie "Rocky" which won three Academy Awards. After being left out of the "Rocky" ...

2008.

5 Movies
Soul Power

Soul Power

2008
Soul Power is a 2008 documentary film about the Zaire 74 music festival in Kinshasa which accompanied the Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight boxing championship match between Muhammad Ali and George For...
The Night James Brown Saved Boston

The Night James Brown Saved Boston

2008
On April 5, 1968, soul legend James Brown performed a concert in Boston that many say shielded that city from the kinds of devastating riots that ripped other cities apart after the assassination of M...
James Brown Live At The Boston Garden

James Brown Live At The Boston Garden

2008
Live at the Boston Garden: April 5, 1968 is a concert film starring James Brown. Recorded at the Boston Garden by WGBH-TV the night after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., it was broadcast...
Pavarotti The Duets

Pavarotti The Duets

2008
LUCIANO PAVAROTTI was the rare artist who could easily bridge the divide between classical and popular music. Together with an impressive roster of the best-known names in rock, pop and jazz, Pavarott...

2006.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Web Junk 20

Web Junk 20

2006
Web Junk 20 is an American television program in which Vh1 and iFilm collaborate to highlight the funniest and most interesting clips from the internet that week. The show is hosted by a comedian. The...
James Brown - Live In Montreux Jazz Festival 1981

James Brown - Live In Montreux Jazz Festival 1981

2006
One of the defining elements of James Brown's career has always been his electrifying live shows and his performances at Montreux give ample evidence of this. This DVD focuses on his appearance at the...

2005.

1 Movie
Live 8

Live 8

2005
3 billion people came together in the fight against poverty on July 2, 2005. Live 8 - 10 concerts featuring over 1000 musicians from across the globe asked people not for their money, but for their vo...

2004.

2 Movies
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years

TV in Black: The First Fifty Years

2004
This retrospective of the medium's first half-century shows how television has reflected the African American experience. The image of black America on television from Amos and Andy to the present day...
James Brown: Body Heat

James Brown: Body Heat

2004
In 1969 at a concert in Monterey James Brown announced his intention to retire from touring but it wasn't until 1975 that he finally stopped. Then in 1979 three young television producers convinced hi...

2003.

2 Movies
The Hire

The Hire

2003
Clive Owen plays "The Driver," a man who goes from place to place (in BMW automobiles), hired by various clients to provide driving or other services.
James Brown: Soul Survivor

James Brown: Soul Survivor

2003
James Brown has influenced rap, soul, and R&B. There is a dark side to Brown's success that includes time in prison and constant tabloid speculation. This in-depth documentary takes a look at the high...

2002.

4 Movies
It's Black Entertainment

It's Black Entertainment

2002
A star-studded tribute (from the creators of That's Entertainment) to the contributions of Afro-Americans in film over the last century. Vanessa Williams traces the struggles and triumphs of the super...
The Tuxedo

The Tuxedo

5
2002
There is only one rule when working for Clark, and that is never touching his tuxedo. The suit may be more black belt than black tie when Jimmy wears it. Jimmy becomes a secret agent with an inexperie...
Beat the Devil

Beat the Devil

5.33
2002
The driver drags the devil to get James Brown's soul.
Undercover Brother

Undercover Brother

2002
The B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. is fighting against a white organization that defends the values of the black people in North America. Gen was black, he was the Afro-American candidate. In Warren Boutwell'...

2001.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Rhythm and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular

Rhythm and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular

2001
This show brings together legendary artists of the 1960s and 1970s for a once-in-a-lifetime event: Ben E. King and The Drifters, Jerry Butler reuniting with The Impressions for the first time since 19...
TV
The Hire

The Hire

2001
"The Hire" is a collection of short films. A form of branded content, all eight films feature popular filmmakers from across the globe, star Clive Owen as the "The Driver" and highlight the performanc...

1999.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Family Guy

Family Guy

6.07
1999
The adventures of the family are the subject of an animated series. Peter and Lois have three children. Meg is the most unpopular girl in town, and the middle kid is not very bright, but he has a pass...
TV
Where Are They Now?

Where Are They Now?

1999
Past and current celebrities were updated on their current professional and personal status in a television series called Where Are They Now?. Some episodes were continuations of episodes from the pas...
James Brown: Live From The House Of Blues

James Brown: Live From The House Of Blues

1999
The hardest working man in show business brings down the House of Blues with a live concert event in Las Vegas. Recorded with high definition equipment, James Brown's influential music, uninhibited st...

1998.

1 Movie
Blues Brothers 2000

Blues Brothers 2000

1
1998
Sister Mary's crusade to raise funds for a children's hospital is once again being spearheaded by Elwood, the lone "Blues Brother" who was finally released from prison. Once again hitting the road to ...

1997.

1 TV show
TV
The View

The View

6
1997
On ABC daytime's morning chat fest, the most exciting events of the day are being discussed. Hot topics in the news, the best experts in their field, celebrity interviews and general entertainment are...

1996.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
TFI Friday

TFI Friday

1996
TFI Friday was an entertainment show broadcast on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2000. The show was produced by Ginger Productions, written by Danny Baker and hosted by Chris Evans, for ...
When We Were Kings

When We Were Kings

2
1996
It's 1974. Many people think Muhammad Ali is past his prime. George is ten years older than the champion of the world. Don King wants to make a name for himself and offers both fighters five million d...

1995.

2 Movies
Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996

Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996

1995
A collection of Janet Jackson videos.
Cincinnati's Rock 'N Roll Legends

Cincinnati's Rock 'N Roll Legends

1995
An excellent comprehensive look at all the music that came out of Cincinnati, Ohio. Cincinnati "Rock Legends" "James Brown" "King Records" "Pure Prairie League" "Lemon Pipers" "Syd Nathan" WEBN "Boot...

1994.

1 TV show
TV
Duckman

Duckman

6
1994
Duckman: Private Dick/ Family Man is an American sitcom that aired from 1994 to 1997. The sitcom is based on a comic. The series was made for Paramount Network Television.

1991.

1 TV show
TV
Charlie Rose

Charlie Rose

1991
Charlie Rose is an American television interview show, with Charlie Rose as executive producer, executive editor, and host. The show is owned by Charlie Rose. The show began on September 30, 1991. It ...

1989.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
The Simpsons

The Simpsons

6.24
1989
Set in Springfield, the average American town, the show focuses on the antics and everyday adventures of the Simpson family, as well as a virtual cast of thousands. Hundreds of celebrities have guest ...
Legends of Rock 'n' Roll

Legends of Rock 'n' Roll

1989
Are you ready for some old-time rock and roll?! Then you are ready for the masters, the originators, the men who made the music, the "Legends of Rock 'n' Roll Live." Join the "Godfather of Soul" James...

1986.

2 TV shows
TV
Amen

Amen

6
1986
Amen was on NBC from 1986 to 1991. Amen is set in Sherman Hemsley's hometown of Philadelphia and was part of a wave of successful sitcoms on NBC in the 1980s which featured entirely or almost-entirely...
TV
Throb

Throb

1986
Throb is an American television sitcom broadcast in syndication from 1986 to 1988, created by Fredi Towbin. It revolved around thirty-something divorcee Sandy Beatty who gets a job at a small New Wave...

1985.

2 Movies
James Brown - Live At Chastain Park

James Brown - Live At Chastain Park

1985
The hardest working man in show business is back--and some say better than ever--in this live concert filmed in 1985 at Georgia's famed Chastain Park. Performances include 1. Give It Up Or Turn It Loo...
Rocky IV

Rocky IV

5.85
1985
After Apollo Creed was knocked out in an exhibition match by a big man from the Soviet Union, Rocky goes to Russia to avenge his defeat.

1984.

1 TV show
TV
Miami Vice

Miami Vice

7
1984
The story of the Miami Police Department's vice squad and its efforts to end prostitution was centered on the unlikely partnership of Sonny and Tubbs, who first meet when Tubbs is undercover in a drug...

1983.

1 Movie
Doctor Detroit

Doctor Detroit

4.75
1983
A professor of comparative literature at a fictional Monroe College in Chicago is a shy but gentle man. A chance meeting with four beautiful women changes his life.

1981.

1 Movie
James Brown: Live at Montreux

James Brown: Live at Montreux

1981
"Soul Brother No.1", "The Godfather Of Soul", "Mr Dynamite" are all titles that have been applied to James Brown over the years. A hugely influential figure in black American music, he was a driving f...

1980.

1 Movie
The Blues Brothers

The Blues Brothers

7.2
1980
Jake Blues, just released from prison, put his old band back together to save the catholic home where he and his brother were raised.

1978.

1 TV show
TV
The Kennedy Center Honors

The Kennedy Center Honors

1978
Those who have contributed to American culture are honored by the Kennedy Center.

1974.

2 Movies
James Brown: Soul Train 1973-1974

James Brown: Soul Train 1973-1974

1974
All of James Brown's performances on Soul Train from 1973 to 1974.
The Midnight Special Legendary Performances 1974

The Midnight Special Legendary Performances 1974

1974
The Midnight Special was a musical variety series that aired on NBC during the 1970s and early 1980s. Its last episode was on May 1, 1981 and it started as a special on August 19, 1972 and ended as a ...

1973.

2 Movies
Black Caesar

Black Caesar

4
1973
Tommy was raised in the ghetto and aspires to be a criminal. A cop breaks a boy's leg. He rises to power in New York. He sees the acquisition of power as a solution to his rage because he is both crim...
Slaughter's Big Rip Off

Slaughter's Big Rip Off

1973
Slaughter escapes, arms himself, and goes after Duncan's hideout after Duncan traps him in a car at a cliff.

1971.

1 Movie
James Brown: Love Power Peace

James Brown: Love Power Peace

1971
One of his live performances was with the original J.B.'s lineup. Love Power Peace was supposed to be a triple album, but was canceled after key members of the original J.B.'s left to join Parliament-...

1970.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
The Phynx

The Phynx

1970
A rock band is sent to go on tour in Albania as a cover to find hostages in a remote castle held by communist enemies of the USA.
TV
The Flip Wilson Show

The Flip Wilson Show

4
1970
The Flip Wilson Show is a variety show that aired in the U.S. NBC aired from September 17, 1970 to June 27, 1974. One of the first American television programs starring a black person in the title rol...

1969.

2 TV shows
TV
The Music Scene

The Music Scene

1969
The Music Scene is part of the fall 1969 lineup of ABC and features rock and pop music.
TV
Playboy After Dark

Playboy After Dark

1969
Hugh Hefner is the host of Playboy After Dark. It was taped at CBS Television City in Los Angeles and aired from 1969 to 1970.

1965.

1 Movie
Ski Party

Ski Party

1965
The beach movies of the sixties are back, but not quite, but since Avalon, Hickman, and even Funicello appear in this one. You got it when you read snow instead of sand. The plot is somewhat inane, wi...

1964.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Shindig!

Shindig!

1964
Shindig!, an American musical variety series, aired on ABC from September 16, 1964 to January 8, 1966. Jimmy O'Neill, a disc jockey in Los Angeles at the time who also created the show along with his ...
TV
The Hollywood Palace

The Hollywood Palace

1964
The Hollywood Palace was a weekly variety show on ABC from January 4, 1964 to February 7, 1970 The Saturday Night Hollywood Palace began as a replacement for The Jerry Lewis Show, which only lasted th...
The T.A.M.I. Show

The T.A.M.I. Show

1964
"The T.A.M.I" was described as the "grooviest, wildest, slickest hit ever to pound the screen" by one music reviewer. A rock spectacular starring some of the greatest pop performers of the 60s is call...

1962.

1 TV show
TV
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson

6
1962
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson is a talk show hosted by Johnny Carson under The Tonight Show franchise from 1962 to 1992. It originally aired during late-night. For its first ten years, Cars...

1961.

1 TV show
TV
The Mike Douglas Show

The Mike Douglas Show

1961
The Mike Douglas Show is an American daytime television talk show hosted by Mike Douglas that originally aired only in the Cleveland area during much of its first two years on the air. It then went in...

1948.

1 TV show
TV
The Ed Sullivan Show

The Ed Sullivan Show

6
1948
The Ed Sullivan Show was hosted by Ed Sullivan. TV Guide ranked The Ed Sullivan Show #15 on their list of the 50 greatest TV shows of all time.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
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