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]
- 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).
- Voted the tenth greatest singer of the rock era in a Rolling Stone magazine poll in 2008.
- Got his start in music singing with 'Bobby Byrd (I)' (qv)'s group the Famous Flames.
- 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).
- Lived in Beeach Island, South Carolina at the time of his death.
- In 2003 South Carolina granted him pardons for seven criminal convictions, some involving guns and drugs, over a 10-year period.
- He was diagnosed with heart disease in 2003.
- Augusta's 9th street was renamed "James Brown Boulevard" by the city's mayor Charles DeVaney (11 November 1993).