TODAY MARKS JAMES BROWN’S 80TH BIRTHDAY

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MAY 3
 

James Brown

 

JAMES BROWN
SINGER & MUSICIAN
 

Did You Know? In 1986, side effects James Brown was one of the first musicians inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
 

 

James Brown was born James Joe Brown Jr. on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina. After his parents’ divorced, he moved to Augusta, GA.
 

He stopped going to school around 12 years old finding odd jobs to make money. He also started exploring his interest in music and sang in church and talent shows. Brown went on to learn how to play piano, guitar and harmonica.
 

He had his share of trouble before and during his career. When Brown was younger, he was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing a car. But that didn’t stop his attraction to music. He organized a prison gospel choir. It also must be noted that in jail Brown met Bobby Bird, an aspiring R&B singer. The two formed a friendship that would be most beneficial to Brown’s music career.
 

After his release from prison, Brown and Bird teamed up under the group named The Famous Flame – also known as The Flames. The group recorded the hits “Please, Please, Please,” “Try Me,” “Lost Someone,” “Night Train,” and “Prisoner of Love.”
 

Fast-forward to mid-1960, Brown recorded some of his most popular singles including “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and “I Got You (I Feel Good).” In the early 70s, he released notable hits “Sex Machine” and “Get Up Offa That Thing.”
 
Like some careers, Brown’s fell in to a slump in the late 70s, partially due to financial troubles and the rise of disco. Many of his band-members left to work with George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic. But don’t drape the cape over his shoulders and try to lead the Godfather of Soul off the stage just yet. Brown made a comeback with his performance in the 1980 film, The Blues Brothers. He is also credited for the song “Living in America,” which was featured in the movie Rocky IV.
 

 

 

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation was created in 1983 and began inducting artists in 1986. The King of Funk was part of the first group inducted along with Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Buddy Holly, Fats Domino and others.
 

The soulful singer did more than just perform and make hit records. He was a civil right activist and an education advocate. He believed in educating our youth. This was influenced by his own childhood when he was forced to drop out of school.
 

Unfortunately, Brown’s success would soon be plagued with drugs and personal problems. He was arrested several times for domestic violence incidents. Also, he landed back in prison for three years after being convicted of carrying an unlicensed pistol, assaulting a police officer combined with several drug-related and driving offenses.
 

On December 25, 2006, Brown died at Emory Crawford Long Hospital in Atlanta. He was suffering from pneumonia prior to his death.
 

James Brown was a passionate performer who has been given the credit for inventing funk music. He will always be remembered in American culture history. This extraordinary singer, songwriter, bandleader, and dancer was 73 years old when he died.
 

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