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
- '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.
- Due to the timing of Brown's death, there were no flights out of Atlanta to fly Brown's body up to New York for a public viewing at the Apollo Theater. The funeral director and 'Al Sharpton' (qv) opted to drive Brown's body from Atlanta to New York, instead.
- Rev. 'Jesse Jackson (I)' (qv) regularly visited Brown while he served time for leading the police on a car chase and other various offenses in South Carolina in 1988.
- 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.
- Record holder for the artist who has charted most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without ever reaching #1 at that chart.
- Voted the tenth greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
- 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).
- 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).