Singer James Brown
birth name: James Joseph Brown

James Brown

May 3, 1933, Barnwell, SC ~ December 25, 2006, Atlanta, GA

‘Soul Brother Number One,’ ‘the Godfather of Soul,’ ‘the Hardest Working Man in Show Business,’ ‘Mr. Dynamite’ - those are mighty titles, but no one can question that James Brown earned them more than any other performer. ~ Allmusic: James Brown ~ retrieved March 29, 2014 © Allmusic

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With some 800 songs in his repertoire, James Brown has influenced contemporary artists from virtually every popular music genre - rock, soul, jazz, R&B. His polyrhythmic funk vamps virtually reshaped dance music, and his impact on hip-hop, in particular, was huge; in the music's early years, Brown was by far the most sampled artist. Though he would be dogged by legal troubles and controversy in later life, he was a principled artist, adamant refusing to conform to anyone's vision. He was also an inimitable showman, and the only thing more fun than listening to James Brown was seeing him live. ~ Rolling Stone: James Brown ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Rolling Stone

James Brown ~ Ranked #7 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Artists in 2004 ~ “James Brown is his own genre.” ~ Rick Rubin ~ 2004 © Rolling Stone

In 2012 no less than six James Brown albums made it to the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time ~ #424 Try Me (1959)~ #388 Please Please Please (1959) ~ #330 It's A Mother (1969) ~ #129 Cold Sweat (1967) ~ #84 Say It Loud, Say It Proud (1969) ~ #17 Live At The Apollo (1963)

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