Singer James Brown
birth name: James Joseph Brown

James Brown

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

He is an American national treasure whose influence on 20th century black culture is inestimable. A leader who played a key role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s and gave voice to a people discovering self-pride, economic freedom and political empowerment in the 1970s. ~ Soultracks: James Brown ~ retrieved April 21, 2014 © Soultracks

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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 #10 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Singers in 2008 ~ “For me, James Brown was never just the voice. It was the whole package. But the impact of that voice gave me hope, because it was a simple presentation and didn't trade on range. And there was that scream. It was like an inner voice. It sounded like an assertion of rights of primitive man: ‘I am alive, and I can do things.’ He used to describe his dancing as ‘African nerve control.’ He had a point.” ~ Iggy Pop ~ 2008 © 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)

In 1995 four songs by James Brown made it to the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll ~ I Got You (I Feel Good) ~ Please Please Please ~ Sex Machine ~ Say It Loud, I'm Black And I'm Proud

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