Biography

James Brown (May 3, 1933 - December 25, 2006) was an American singer and songwriter, eventually referred to as "The Godfather of Soul"(GFOS). Brown started singing in gospel groups and worked his way on up. He has been recognized as one of the most iconic figures in the 20th century popular music and was renowned for his vocals and feverish dancing. He was also called "the hardest-working man in show business".

Brown began his professional music career in 1956 and rose to fame during the late 1950s and early 1960s on the strength of his thrilling live performances and string of smash hits. In spite of various personal problems and setbacks he continued to score hits in every decade through the 1980s. In addition to his acclaim in music, Brown was also a presence in American political affairs during the 1960s and 1970s.

James Brown (May 3, 1933 - December 25, 2006) was an American singer and songwriter, eventually referred to as "The Godfather of Soul"(GFOS). Brown started singing in gospel groups and worked his way on up. He has been recognized as one of the most iconic figures in the 20th century popular music and was renowned for his vocals and feverish dancing. He was also called "the hardest-working man in show business".

Brown began his professional music career in 1956 and rose to fame during the late 1950s and early 1960s on the strength of his thrilling live performances and string of smash hits. In spite of various personal problems and setbacks he continued to score hits in every decade through the 1980s. In addition to his acclaim in music, Brown was also a presence in American political affairs during the 1960s and 1970s.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 56

Birthday 1933-04-03

Day of Death 2006-12-25

Place of Birth Barnwell, South Carolina, USA

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Also Known As

  • The Godfather of Soul
  • 'The Godfather of Soul' James Brown

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2014 James Brown - The Man, The Music & The Message as James Brown
2014 James Brown: Mr. Dynamite - The Rise of James Brown as Himself (archive footage)
2014 Finding the Funk
2011 The Real Rocky as Himsellf (Archive Footage)
2008 Soul Power as Himself (archive footage)
2008 James Brown Live At The Boston Garden as Himself
2008 James Brown Live At The Apollo '68 as Himself
2008 The Night James Brown Saved Boston as Himself
2006 Web Junk 20(1 episode)
2005 Live 8 as Himself
2004 James Brown: Body Heat as Himself
2004 TV in Black: The First Fifty Years
2003 James Brown: Soul Survivor as Himself
2002 Beat the Devil as Himself (as Mr. James Brown)
2002 The Tuxedo as James Brown
2002 Undercover Brother as Himself
2001 Rhythm and Blues 40: A Soul Spectacular
2001 The UB40: Story of Reggae as Drummer
2001 The UB40: Story of Reggae as member
2001 The Hire(1 episode) as Himself
1999 Where Are They Now?(1 episode)
1999 Family Guy(1 episode)
1998 Blues Brothers 2000 as Cleophus James
1997 The View(1 episode)
1996 When We Were Kings as Himself
1996 TFI Friday(1 episode)
1995 Cincinnati's Rock 'N Roll Legends as Self
1994 Duckman(1 episode)
1989 The Simpsons(1 episode)
1989 Legends of Rock 'n' Roll as James Brown
1986 Amen(1 episode)
1986 Throb(1 episode)
1985 Rocky IV as The Godfather of Soul
1985 James Brown - Live At Chastain Park as Himself
1984 Miami Vice(1 episode)
1983 Doctor Detroit as Bandleader
1981 James Brown: Live at Montreux as Himself
1980 The Blues Brothers as Reverend Cleophus James
1978 The Kennedy Center Honors(1 episode)
1974 The Midnight Special Legendary Performances 1974
1974 James Brown: Soul Train 1973-1974
1971 James Brown: Love Power Peace as Himself
1970 The Flip Wilson Show(1 episode)
1970 The Phynx as James Brown
1969 The Music Scene(1 episode)
1969 Playboy After Dark(2 episodes)
1965 Ski Party as Himself (as James Brown and The Famous Flames)
1964 The T.A.M.I. Show as Himself (as James Brown and The Flames)
1964 Shindig!(1 episode)
1964 The Hollywood Palace(2 episodes)
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson(9 episodes)
1961 The Mike Douglas Show(1 episode)
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(2 episodes)

Sound

1973 Slaughter's Big Rip OffMusic
1973 Black CaesarOriginal Music Composer

Writing

1995 Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade 1986/1996Musical

Creator

Future ShockCreator

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