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 New Guy
2002 - The Tuxedo
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
Himself - Team Captain
Lou De Long
Hostage Negotiator (Voiced)
Himself - Musical Guest
- Some radicals criticized him for his patriotism and he received death threats after playing to US troops in Vietnam in 1972.
- Often called the most sampled man in Hip-Hop music. The list of artists that sampled Brown ranged from 'Jay-Z' (qv) to 'Eric B.' (qv) & 'Rakim (I)' (qv) to 'Public Enemy' (qv).
- 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).
- Brown's hit singles like "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)" and "Funky President" galvanized black youth during the turbulent '70's.
- In 2003 South Carolina granted him pardons for seven criminal convictions, some involving guns and drugs, over a 10-year period.
- Good friends with Rev. 'Al Sharpton' (qv) since the 1970s and Rev. 'Jesse Jackson (I)' (qv) since the 1950s.
- 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.
- (14 November 2006) Inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame for his outstanding contribution to British music and integral part of British music culture.