James Joseph Brown, Jr. was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as "The Godfather of Soul". In a career that spanned six decades, Brown profoundly influenced the development of several different musical genres. Born in Barnwell, South Carolina, Brown moved to Augusta, Georgia, to live with relatives at the age of five. After a stint in prison for robbery, Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. Joining an R&B vocal group called the Avons that later evolved to become The Famous Flames, Brown served as the group's lead singer. First coming to national public attention in the late 1950s as a member of The Flames with the ballads "Please, Please, Please" and "Try Me", Brown built a reputation as a tireless live performer with singing group The Famous Flames and his backing band, sometimes known as the James Brown Band or the James Brown Orchestra. Brown's 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" and "It's a Man's Man's Man's World".
- Born: May 3, 1933 (age 86), Barnwell
- Spouse: , Tomi Rae Hynie (2002-12-23 to 2004-01 - Putative marriage), Velma Warren (1953-06-19 to 1969 - Marriage), Deidre Jenkins (1970-10-22 to 1981-01-10 - Marriage)
- Aliases: 'The Godfather of Soul' James Brown, Brown, James, James Browm, James Brown (I), James Brown and The Famous Flames, James Brown and The Flames, James Brown at the Organ, James Joseph Brown, James Joseph Brown, Jr., Junior, Little Junior, Mr Please Please Please, Mr. Dynamite, Mr. James Brown, Soul Brother Number One, The Godfather of Funk, The Godfather of Soul, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, The James Brown Revue, The Minister of the New New Super Heavy Funk
- Children: Daryl Brown, Deanna Brown Thomas, James Joseph Brown II, LaRhonda Pettit, Larry Brown, Lisa Brown, Teddy Brown, Terry Brown, Venisha Brown, Yamma Noyola Brown Lumar
- Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68m)
- Genre: Hip hop music
- Websites: http://www.godfatherofsoul.com/, http://www.jamesbrown.com/