James Brown was a very good singer. I loved some of his songs. He reminded me very much of “Ray”. You maybe be gone, but your songs will stay on the earth for life. The history of your songs is higher then ever. Rest in Peace.
Here is his history if some of you want to know more about his childhood and how he became in this world:
The actual birthdate and place of James Joe Brown, Jr. is disputed, but it occurred during the late 1920s or early 1930s in the South. Brown was a stillborn child, but was revived by his great-aunt. At the age of four, his mother left the family, and Brown and his father went to live with his aunt, who ran a brothel in Augusta, Georgia. Brown grew up very poor, and would do odd jobs such as shine shoes and pick cotton to earn money for food and clothes. By his teens, Brown had turned to petty theft, and was arrested and sent to the Alto Reform School, in Toccoa, Georgia, in 1949.
When he got out and decided to clean up a few years later, he started playing semiprofessional baseball and tried his hand at boxing. He soon was performing in the gospel group the Famous Flames, with whom he released the 1956 song �Please, Please, Please.� The song became a huge hit, and James Brown�s musical career was on its way. Over the next 30 years, Brown released dozens of albums and hit singles, including over 40 gold records. He has worked with some of R&B�s most famous musicians, including Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins, and laid the foundation for future funk and hip-hop artists to comes.
Along the way, Brown has run into many legal problems, including spousal abuse, tax evasion, and drug abuse. Married three times, Brown�s last wife Adrienne died from a combination of PCP and prescription drugs after having cosmetic surgery. Tragedy had struck Brown years earlier when son Teddy died in an automobile accident in 1973. The most famous of his run-ins with the law saw Brown sentenced to six years in jail in 1988 after leading police in South Carolina on a two state, high-speed chase. He was released in 1991, and vowed to be a new man. Over the last few years, he has remained relatively quiet, making fewer albums and appearences.
Throughout his problems, Brown has always maintained a positive outlook on life. His goal has always been to entertain everybody, which is apparent by his notorious stage shows. As a young boy, Brown loved all the different spectacles of the circus, and he would model his stage shows after this, with his large band, flamboyant dancing, and patented yelps and screeches.
(mid �50s) Worked as a semiprofessional baseball player and a boxer.
(1955) Begins singing with the group the Famous Flames.
(1956) Records first hit song, Please, Please, Please.
(1973) Composed the score for the movie Black Caesar.
(1980) Released the albums Hot on the One and Soul Syndrome.
(1980) Appeared in the movie the Blues Brothers.
(1981) Released the albums Can�t Your Heart Stand It!, Nonstop!, Live in New York, The Third Coming, and Special.
(1982) Released the albums Mean on the Scene and James Brown.
(1983) Released the album Bring it On!
(1985) Released the albums Live at the Apollo Pt. 2, Vol. 1 &2, and Live In Concert.
(1985) Appeared in the movie Rocky IV.
(1986) Released the albums Gravity and In the Jungle Groove.
(1988) Released the albums Motherlode, Santa�s Got a Brand New Bag, I�m Real, and James Brown’s Funky People, Pt. 2.
(1990) Released the album Soul Jubilee.
(1991) Released the albums Soul�s Alive and Love Over-due.
(1992) Released the albums Is Back, Love Power Peace, Spank, and Universal James.
(1994) Released the album Turn it Loose.
(1995) Released the albums Live, Living in America, Live at the Apollo 1995, James Brown’s Funky Christmas, and Christmas.
(1996) Released the albums Hookedonbrown and Try Me.
(1997) Released the album James Brown: Live.
(1998) Released the albums Dead on the Heavy Funk, Say It Live & Loud: Live in Dallas 1968, and I�m Back.
(1998) Appeared in the movie Blues Brothers 2000.
(1999) Released the album On Stage.
(1986) Wrote autobiography James Brown, Godfather of Soul.
Chairman of the Board of James Brown Productions and James Brown Entertainment.