73 (passed away Dec. 25th, 2006)
May. 3rd, 1933
Barnwell, South Carolina, USA
James Brown's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2002 - The New Guy
2002 - The Tuxedo
2002 - Undercover Brother
1998 - Blues Brothers 2000
1998 - Holy Man
1996 - When We Were Kings
1985 - Rocky IV
1983 - Doctor Detroit
1980 - The Blues Brothers
Guest TV Roles
Lou De Long
Hostage Negotiator (Voiced)
Himself - Musical Guest
- Was planning on singing at 'B.B. King' (qv)'s blues club in New York on New Year's Eve a week before he died.
- Performed at President 'Richard Nixon' (qv)'s first inauguration on 30 January 1969.
- Record holder for the artist who has charted most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without ever reaching #1 at that chart.
- Insisted on using the title Mr. or Ms. for everyone in his band. He felt it was a sign of respect if people called each other by their proper title.
- Augusta's 9th street was renamed "James Brown Boulevard" by the city's mayor Charles DeVaney (11 November 1993).
- In live shows, Brown would sometimes add the "I got ya" lyric in a song when he caught a musician making a mistake.
- Charter member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
- In 1991, the Techno group L.A. Style released a highly irreverent and controversial single entitled "James Brown Is Dead". There were two songs quickly made in response: "James Brown Is Still Alive" by Holy Noise, and "Who the F*** Is James Brown?" by Traumatic Stress.