73 (passed away Dec. 25th, 2006)
May. 3rd, 1933
Barnwell, South Carolina, USA
James Brown's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2006 - Glastonbury
2002 - Undercover Brother
2002 - The Tuxedo
2002 - The New Guy
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[none found]
- Voted the tenth greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
- In live shows, Brown would sometimes add the "I got ya" lyric in a song when he caught a musician making a mistake.
- Receiving a Grammy three times prior (1965: "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" as "Best R&B Recording, 1986 for "Living In America" as "Best Male R&B Performance" and 1991 for "Star Times" as "Best Album Notes"), he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th Annual Grammy Awards (25 February 1992).
- Some radicals criticized him for his patriotism and he received death threats after playing to US troops in Vietnam in 1972.
- His wife, Adrienne Rodriguez, charged him 4 times with felony assault. She died of heart failure following plastic surgery.
- (11 June 2001) Son, with girlfriend 'Tommy Rae Brown' (qv), James Brown II, was born.
- 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.
- US Secretary of State General 'Colin Powell' (qv) appointed Brown to be the first US "secretary of soul and foreign minister of funk", but said the job description for the post had not yet been drawn up. (December 2003).