73 (passed away Dec. 25th, 2006)
May. 3rd, 1933
Barnwell, South Carolina, USA
James Brown's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
Guest TV Roles[none found]
- Dismayed by the school shootings of the late 1990s, he spoke out against violence in schools, even writing a song, "Killing's Out and School's In.".
- Some of his most popular songs include "Please, Please, Please" (1958), "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (1965), "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" (1966), "Cold Sweat" (1967), "I Got The Feelin'" (1968), "Get Up (I Like Being A) Sex Machine" (1970) and "Living in America" (1985).
- Augusta's 9th street was renamed "James Brown Boulevard" by the city's mayor Charles DeVaney (11 November 1993).
- 'J. Anthony Lukas' (qv)'s book on Boston race relations, "Common Ground", notes that a 1968 Brown performance the day after the Rev. 'Martin Luther King' (qv)'s assassination helped keep the Massachusetts city from exploding.
- One of the personalities mentioned in the song "Genius of Love" by Tom Tom Club. The others were 'Bob Marley (I)' (qv), 'Smokey Robinson' (qv), Hamilton Bohannon, 'George Clinton (I)' (qv), 'Bootsy Collins' (qv), 'Lowell 'Sly' Dunbar' (qv) and 'Robbie Shakespeare' (qv) (as Sly and Robbie), and 'Kurtis Blow' (qv).
- (11 June 2001) Son, with girlfriend 'Tommy Rae Brown' (qv), James Brown II, was born.
- One of 5 recipients of the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors; other recipients were 'Carol Burnett' (qv), 'Loretta Lynn' (qv), 'Mike Nichols (I)' (qv)and 'Itzhak Perlman' (qv).
- Coordinated his dance moves to lead his band. Each movement was actually an instruction to the band.