James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933) was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer and bandleader. “The hardest working man in in show business”. 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 #1”. In a career that lasted more than 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres. Brown was one of the first 10 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at its inaugural induction in New York on January 23, 1986.
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”.
“The Payback” is considered a high point in Brown’s recording career, and is now regarded by critics as a landmark funk album. It’s revenge-themed title track, a #1 R&B hit, is one of his most famous songs and an especially prolific source of samples for record producers. Brown recorded 17 singles that reached #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 #1.
Brown would’ve celebrated his 90th birthday. Fans across the world, including Brown’s family, media outlets and other sources shared their thoughts through social media in his memory.