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James Brown
James (* 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina) was a singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, and bandleader; he played organ, piano, guitar and drums. The central progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century music, he is often referred to by the honorific nicknames "Godfather of Soul", "Mr. Dynamite", and "Soul Brother No. 1". In a career that lasted over 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres. James was one of the first ten inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at its inaugural induction in New York in 1986.
James began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. He learned to play the piano, guitar, and harmonica during this period. He came to national public attention in the mid-1950s as the lead singer of the Famous Flames, a rhythm and blues vocal group founded by Bobby Byrd. With the hit ballads "Please, Please, Please" and "Try Me", James built a reputation as a tireless live performer with the Famous Flames and his backing band, sometimes known as the James Brown Band or the James Brown Orchestra. His success peaked in the 1960s with the live album Live at the Apollo and hit singles such as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "It's a Man's Man's Man's World".
During the late 1960s, James moved from a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly "Africanized" approach to music-making, emphasizing stripped-down interlocking rhythms that influenced the development of funk music. By the early 1970s, James had fully established the funk sound after the formation of the J.B.s with records such as "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" and "The Payback". He also became noted for songs of social commentary, including the 1968 hit "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud". James continued to perform and record until his death.
James recorded 17 singles that reached No. 1 on the Billboard R&B charts. He also holds the record for the most singles listed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart that did not reach No. 1. James was inducted into the first class of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2013 as an artist and then in 2017 as a songwriter. He also received honors from several other institutions. He is ranked seventh on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. James died in 2006.
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James Brown Plays James Brown - Today & Yesterday
Smash Records SRS 67072
released 1965
James Brown, organ
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Handful Of Soul
Smash Records SRS 67084
released 1966
James Brown, organ
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James Brown Plays The Real Thing
Smash Records SRS 67093
released 1967
James Brown, organ
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Verve Records 5188621
compilation with previously unreleased tracks
James Brown, organ
The Dee Felice Trio
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