James Joseph Brown, Jr

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James Joseph Brown, Jr

Also Known As: ""The Godfather of Soul"", ""The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business""
Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Barnwell, SC, USA
Death: December 25, 2006 (73)
Atlanta, GA, USA (congestive heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia)
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Brown and Susie Brown
Father of <private> Brown

Occupation: American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist.
Managed by: Kenneth Kwame Welsh, (C)
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James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist. He is the originator of funk music and is a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance.

In a career that spanned decades, Brown profoundly influenced the development of many different musical genres. Brown moves on a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly Africanised approach to music making. Brown performed in concerts, first making his rounds across the "chitlin' circuit", and then across the country and later around the world, along with appearing in shows on television and in movies. Although he contributed much to the music world through his hitmaking, Brown holds the record as the artist who charted the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without ever hitting number one on that chart.

For many years, Brown's touring show was one of the most extravagant productions in American popular music. At the time of Brown's death, his band included three guitarists, two bass guitar players, two drummers, three horns and a percussionist. The bands that he maintained during the late 1960s and 1970s were of comparable size, and the bands also included a three-piece amplified string section that played during ballads. Brown employed between 40 and 50 people for the James Brown Revue, and members of the revue traveled with him in a bus to cities and towns all over the country, performing upwards of 330 shows a year with almost all of the shows as one-nighters.

Brown died on Christmas Day 2006 from heart failure after becoming ill on December 23 and being hospitalized for hours. James Brown is buried in Beech Island, South Carolina.

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May 3, 1933
Barnwell, SC, USA
December 25, 2006
Age 73
Atlanta, GA, USA