Birth Name: James Joseph Brown Jr.
Born: 3 May 1933 Died: 25 December 2006
Country of origin: United States
Height: 5' 4"
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As a prolific singer, songwriter, dancer and bandleader , Brown was a key force in the music industry. He left his mark on many artists around the world, including the King of Pop Michael Jackson , influencing even the rhythms of African popular music , such as afrobeat , juju and mbalax and provided the model for an entire subgenre of funk , the go-go.
Brown began his professional career in 1956 and made famous in the late 1950's and early 1960's with the strength of their live performances and several hit songs. Despite several personal problems, continued making successful during the '80s. In addition to success as a musician, Brown also had presence in the political issues of the United States during the 60s and 70s.
Brown was known by many nicknames , including Soul Brother Number One , Fri Machine , Mr. Dynamite , The Hardest Working Man in Show Business , The King of Funk , Minister of The New New Super Heavy Funk , Mr. Please Please Please Please Her , I Feel Good , The Original Disco Man and foremost The Godfather of Soul ("The Godfather of Soul"). In the book "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley , he is described as King of Soul ("King of Soul").
James Joseph Brown Jr. was born in the small town of Barnwell in the U.S. state of South Carolina on May 3 , 1933, during the Great Depression , the son of Joseph "Joe" James Gardner and Susie Behlings.
Brown, who had his father's name, acrecido of "Jr." was incorrectly recorded as James Joseph Brown, Jr. As a child, Brown was called Junior . When he later went to live with her aunt and cousin, he came to be called Little Junior since his cousin was also called Junior.
James Brown and his family lived in extreme poverty. When Brown was two years old, his parents separated after his mother left his father to be with another man. After his mother abandoned the family, Brown continued to live with his father until the age of six years. After that time, Brown and his father moved to Augusta (Georgia).
His father gave Brown for an aunt, who ran a house of prostitution . Even though Brown lived with relatives, he spent long periods to their own devices, wandering the streets.
During his childhood, Brown earned money shining shoes, selling and exchanging stamps, washing cars and dishes besides singing in talent contests. Brown also did shows for the troops Camp Gordon at the start of World War II because the trains were traveling over a bridge near the home of his aunt. And so, making money on these adventures, Brown learned to play the harmonica given him by his father. Tampa Red , famous American musician and who was dating one of the girls in the house of his aunt, Brown taught to play guitar and additionally learned with others musicians playing piano and drums. Brown wanted to become an artist after watching Louis Jordan , a popular musician of jazz and R & B , is shown in the 40's with his band Tympany Five in a short film called " Caldonia ".
As an adult, Brown legally changed his name by removing the "Jr.". Brown crimes began practicing in Augusta and at the age of 16 years was convicted of armed robbery and sent to a juvenile detention center in Toccoa in 1949 .
While in reform school, he met Bobby Byrd , who saw Brown perform in prison. Byrd's family helped in his early release after serving three years of his sentence. The authorities agreed to release Brown on the condition that he get a job and not return to Augusta or Richmond County. After trying the boxing and be pitcher on a team semi-professional baseball (a career cut short by a leg injury), Brown focused all his energy on music.
Brown's career has gone through decades and profoundly influenced the development of different musical genres. Brown performed in concerts, first in the Southern U.S., then across America and then around the world, as well as performing in concerts television and movies. Although he contributed to the musical world for its many successes, Brown has the title of artist who has put more singles on the charts of Billboard Hot 100 without ever reaching number one in this parade.
1955: The Famous Flames
In 1955 , Brown and sister of Bobby Byrd , Sarah performed in a group called "The Gospel Starlighters". Eventually, Brown joined the Bobby Byrd's vocal group, the Avons, and Byrd turned the group's sound into secular rhythm and blues. After the group's name was changed to The Flames, Brown and Byrd's group went to the South, the so-called " chitlin 'circuit ". The group then signed a contract with the label Federal Records of Cincinnati ; seal the same group of King Records.
The group's first recording was the single " Please, Please, Please "in 1956. The single reached number 5 in the R & B, selling over a million copies. Nine subsequent singles released by The Flames failed to achieve the same success of debut single, and the group began to undergo the risk of leaving the King Records.
The first recordings of Brown compositions were inspired by gospel, R & B, heavily influenced by the work of musicians such as Ray Charles and Little Richard. The relationship with Little Richard were particularly significant in the development as a musician and showman . When Richard left pop music in 1957 to become a preacher, Brown replaced Richard on the remaining dates. Several musicians who accompanied Little Richard joined the group after Richard Brown left the scene.
Brown attributing the creation of the funk the Upsetters.
Brown returned to the charts in 1958 with the hit " Try Me ". This single was the best selling among the disks of R & B of the year, and would become the first of 17 songs that would reach the top of the R & B for the next two decades. The release of "Try Me" disk, the name of group became James Brown and The Famous Flames.
In 1959, Brown and the Famous Flames moved from the Federal Records for King Records. Brown began to have recurring conflicts with King Records president Syd Nathan , about repertoire and other matters. In a remarkable event, Brown recorded the 1960 hit " (Do the) Mashed Potatoes "on the label Dade Records , owned by Henry Stone , on the pseudonym "Nat Kendrick & The Swans" because Nathan refused to allow it to be recorded the King.
Beginning of the 60
Brown entered the charts in the early '60s with hits like cover " Night Train "in 1962. While the singles were big hits Brown called the chitlin 'circuit , in the U.S. South and on the R & B Top Ten, he Famous Flames were not successful nationally until the live performance recorded in LP 1963 Live at the Apollo . Brown financed by himself recording the album, which was released by King Records with objections of label owner Syd Nathan, who saw no commercial potential in a live album with no new song. Despite expectations of Nathan, the album stayed on the pop charts for fourteen months, aingindo number 2. In 1963, Brown a version of the ballad " Prisoner of Love "(his first hit to reach the Top 20) and founded (under favorably of King Records) the incipient Try Me Records , Brown first attempt at managing a record label.
After the success of Live at the Apollo Brown released a series of singles that, along with the work of Allen Toussaint in New Orleans , established the foundation of music funk . With the success of Live at the Apollo and the failure of King Records to expand their sales before the black consumer, James Brown and Bobby Byrd friend formed a production company, Fair Deal, to promote discs Brown perantes audiences "white." In this arrangement the Smash Records , a subsidiary of Mercury Records was used as a vehicle to distribute Brown's music. The Smash launched in 1964 " Out of Sight ", which reached number 24 on the pop charts and pointed the way to the funk that would follow. This record triggered a legal battle between Smash and King.
During the mid-'60s, two songs from Brown's " Papa's Got a Brand New Bag "and" I Got You (I Feel Good) ", both from 1965 , were hits so many in the pop charts and the charts R & B, with the singles more sold for over one month. In 1966 , "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" won the Grammy for "Best Rhythm & Blues Recording." Brown continued to gain fame with appearances in films like Ski Party and The TAMI Show , in which he and the Famous Flames (Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett and "Baby Lloyd" Stallworth) came up on stage with The Rolling Stones.
End of the 60s
As the 60s came to an end, Brown continued to refine the new funk idiom. The song of 1967 (which hit # 1 on the R & B), " Cold Sweat ", sometimes cited as the first song funk, was the first to contain a drum solo called" drum break ". The instrumental arrangements of tracks like " Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose "and" Licking Stick-Licking Stick "(both recorded in 1968 ) and " Funky Drummer "(recorded in 1969 ) featured a more developed version of the style that Brown showed up the first half of the 60s, with the blowing session , guitars , bass and drums mixed in intricate patterns and multiple riffs.
The style changes that began with Brown "Cold Sweat" also established the foundations of other hits Brown, as " I Got the Feelin ' "(1968) and" Mother Popcorn "(1969). By this time Brown's vocals frequently took the form of a kind of rhythmic declamation, not quite sung or spoken entirely. This would become a major influence on the techniques of making rap for decades to come.
In November 1967 James Brown purchased radio station WGYW in Knoxville for $ 75,000, according to the revised World Record of 20 January 1968. The letters that identified the radio were changed to WJBE reflecting his initials. The WJBE began operating on January 15 , 1968 transmitting Rhythm & Blues. The slogan of the station was "WJBE 1430 Raw Soul".
Brown's recordings influenced artists throughout the music industry, most notably Sly Stone and his Sly & the Family Stone , Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band , Booker T. & The MG's and singers soul as Edwin Starr , The Temptations , David Ruffin and Dennis Edwards . Then-pubescent Michael Jackson took the screaming and dancing to James mainstream as leader of The Jackson 5 's record label Motown . Those same tracks were later ressucitadas by countless musicians in hip-hop from the '70s. As a result, James Brown remains to this day as the artist most sampled of history with "Funky Drummer" being the most sampled piece of music of all time.
The banda James during this period employed musicians and arrangers coming from the jazz tradition. James is quoted by his ability as a bandleader and composer mixing the simplicity of R & B with the rhythmic complexity and precision of jazz. The Trumpeter Lewis Hamlin and saxophonist / keyboardist Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis led the banda. Guitarist Jimmy Nolen came simple riffs and percussive in each song, plus the solos saxophone of Maceo Parker. Other band members included James his right-hand man Bobby Byrd, drummers John "Jabo" Starks , Clyde Stubblefield and Melvin Parker (Maceo's brother), saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney , trombonist Fred Wesley , guitarist Alphonso "Country" Kellum and bassist Bernard Odum.
During this period, Brown's musical empire grew and expanded its influence in the music scene. While Brown's empire grew his desire for financial independence and music also grew. Brown bought radio stations in the late '60s, the inluindo MNC WRDW Augusta, Georgia where he shined shoes as a child. Brown also recorded several songs with other musicians. He recorded Gettin 'Down To It (1969) and Soul on Top (1970), two albums mostly of romantic ballads and jazz, Dee Felice Trio with and Louie Bellson Orchestra respectively. He has recorded tracks with Dapps, a banda "white" of Cincinnati, including the hit "I Can not Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)". He also recorded three albums of Christmas songs with his band.
70's and JB's
Brown after a concert in Tampa on January 29, 1972.
By 1970, most of the band members James in his classic lineup had left the band in search of other opportunities, the group The Famous Flames also had finished with only original member Bobby Byrd remaining with Brown. Brown and Byrd hired a new band that included future stars of funk, as bassist Bootsy Collins , Collins' brother, guitarist Phelps "Catfish" Collins and trombonist and musical director Fred Wesley. This new band was dubbed " The JB's "and made his debut in the 1970 single" Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Fri Machine ". Although The JB's have gone through several changes, with the first occurring in 1971, was best known for the banda James.
In 1971, Brown began recording for Polydor Records which also happened to distribute the discs catalog of King Records. Many friends and backing musicians such as Fred Wesley & The JB's, Bobby Byrd , Lyn Collins , Vicki Anderson and Hank Ballard , released records by People Records , an imprint founded by Brown and which was purchased by Polydor as part of the new contract for James . Most recordings made in the People had the production's own James Brown. Songs like " I Know You Got Soul "by Bobby Byrd," Think (About It) "by Lyn Collins and" Doing It to Death "by Fred Wesley & The JB's are considered part of the legacy of Brown as well as the recordings released under his own name.
In 1973, Brown made the songs for the film blaxploitation Black Caesar . In 1974 , toured Africa and performed in Zaire as part of the famous Rumble in the Jungle , a fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman . Admirers of Brown's music, including Miles Davis and other musicians of jazz , began to cite Brown as a major influence on their own styles. However, Brown, like others who were influenced by his music, he was also influenced by others. The single from 1976 "Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)" (number 31 of the R & B) borrowed the main riff of the song "Fame" from David Bowie , not unlike how many think.
Brown's recordings for Polydor during the 70 exemplify the innovations of James in the previous 20 years. Compositions as " The Payback "(1973)," Papa Do not Take No Mess "," Stoned to the Bone "and" Funky President (People It's Bad) "(1974) and" Get Up Offa That Thing "(1976) are among the most notable recordings during this period.
End of the 70s and 80s
By the mid '70s, the status of Brown star was on the wane, and key musicians in his band such as Fred Wesley left to join Parliament-Funkadelic . The style disco caught Brown to "guard" and annulled the style of pure funk on the dance floor. His albums of 1976 Get Up Offa That Thing and Bodyheat were the first approaches to the beat of disco Brown and savvy productions. While the albums Mutha's Nature (1977) and Jam 1980s (1978) did not generate any chart success, the LP 1979 The Original Disco Man (an album of Disco Music ) made the song "It's Too Funky in Here", his latest success the decade. Important to say that The Original Disco Man was the only album that was not produced by Brown himself, in this case was produced by Brad Shapiro.
Brown's contract with Polydor expired in 1981 , and his recording schedule of touring was reduced. Despite these events, Brown experienced a resurgence during the '80s, appearing in films such as The Blues Brothers , Doctor Detroit and Rocky IV , as well as a special appearance in Miami Vice episode "Missing Hours" (1988). He also recorded Gravity , an album as much as popular, released by Scotti Bros. , and the 1985 single " Living in America ", which was part of the soundtrack of the movie Rocky IV. In 1987 , Brown won the Grammy for Best Male Vocal R & B with "Living in America." Brown also collaborated with hip-hop artist Afrika Bambaataa on the single " Unity . "
In 1988 , Brown worked with the team of producers group Full Force on the album I'm Real , this album heavily influenced by hip-hop, and that could put the single "Static" at number 5 on the R & B. Meanwhile the remix of "Give It Up Or Turnit The Loose", originally recorded in 1969 and in this compilation In the Jungle Groove has become so popular in hip-hop tracks that one of the founders of hip-hop, Kurtis Blow called song "the national anthem of hip hop".
Years 90 and 2000
After a stint in prison in the late 80s, Brown released the album Love Overdue with a new single "Move On". Polydor also released in 1991 a box set with four CDs called Star Time . Almost all discs have been reissued on CD James, always with additional tracks and commentary by experts. In 1991, Brown appeared in the video for MC Hammer " Too Legit to Quit "(or" 2 Legit 2 Quit "). In 1993, James Brown released the album Universal James with the singles "Can not Get Any Harder", "How Long" and "Georgia-Lina". In 1995 , the live album Live at the Apollo 1995 was released, featuring a new studio track "Respect Me", which was launched with single that same year. The latest LPs during this period were Brown I'm Back 1998 with the single "Funk on ah Roll", and the album 2002 The Next Step with the single "Killing is Out, School is In," both produced and co -written by Derrick Monk.
Despite some problems with the law, James continued to perform and record regularly, and made appearances in television shows, films such as Blues Brothers 2000 , and sporting events.
For many years, the tour concerts Brown were the most extravagant productions in America. At the time of his death, his band included three guitarists, two bass players, two drummers, three in blowing session. Brown employed between 40 and 50 people for the James Brown Revue tour, which came to 330 shows per year.
Introduction to the show
Before James Brown hit the stage, his emcee staff gave him an elaborate introduction, citing the nicknames Brown and his main songs. The introduction by Fats Gonder, captured on the 1963 album Live at the Apollo , is a representative example:
So now ladies and gentlemen it is star time, are you ready for star time? Thank you and thank you very kindly. It is indeed a great pleasure to present to you at this particular time, national and international [ly] known as the hardest working man in show business, the Man That sings "I'll Go Crazy" ... "Try Me" ... "You 've Got the Power "..." Think "..." If You Want Me "..." I Do not Mind "..." Bewildered "... the million dollar seller," Lost Someone "... the very latest release," Night Train "... let's everybody "Shout and Shimmy" ... Mr. Dynamite, the amazing Mr. Please Please himself, the star of the show, James Brown and The Famous Flames!
Among the MCs who worked with Brown on his tour over the years, the most famous was Danny Ray, who appeared on stage with him for 30 years.
Repertoire and format
The performances of James Brown were famous for their intensity and duration. His personal goal was to "give people more than what they came for - make them tired, because that's what they came from. '" The repertoire of shows consisted mostly of his own hits and recent songs, with some covers. Brown danced vigorosamenteenquanto sang, doing dance moves, including the famous Mashed Potato. In addition, the musicians and backup singers (The Famous Flames) had choreographed dances, and past performances, the tour included dancers. Brown wore fancy clothes and hair cut that perfectly completed the look.
A James Brown concert typically included guest artists such as Vicki Anderson or Marva Whitney , and an instrumental track only with banda, which often served as the opening for the show. Although Brown has released very live albums, the album Say It Live & Loud: Live in Dallas 08.26.68 , released by Polydor in 1998 , was the only one who caught a show from beginning to end.
One of the hallmarks of the shows that James was during the song "Please, Please, Please", Brown fell to his knees while clutching the microphone as the MC threw a cloak over his shoulders and escorted off the stage while the Famous Flames continued singing "Please, please do not go-oh-oh". Brown then took off his cloak and went back onstage for the closing. This "staging" was repeated many times and can be seen during the end credits of Blues Brothers 2000 .
The staging Hood Brown was inspired by a similar scenario made by wrestler wrestling Gorgeous George.
The band leader
Brown demanded extreme discipline, perfection and precision from his musicians and dancers - even during rehearsals for the tour, people should use the same "uniform" or "dress" that would use during concerts. During an interview conducted by Terri Gross during the segment "Fresh Air" radio NPR , Maceo Parker , a former saxophonist in Brown's band during the 60s, 70s and 80s had their experience regarding the requirements that Brown did the band:
You had to be punctual. He had to have his uniform. His stuff had to be intact. He had to have his bowtie. You had to have it. You could not appear without the bowtie. The shoes should be shined. You had to have your things. This is what Brown expected. Maceo Parker
Brown had other rules regarding your banda, including fines to those who break their rules like not wearing shoes shined, dancing out of sync and go late on stage. During some of his performances, Brown danced in front of his band with his back to the audience as he slid across the stage, making signs with their hands and fingers to the beat of the music. Although the audience thought it was part of the dance, this practice actually had the intention to point the band member who had played or sung out of tune or committed another offense. Brown used hand signals to alert the musician who would have to pay him for breaking his rules.
The civil unrest and self-empowerment
During the late '60s and early '70s, James Brown was renowned for his social work. In 1966 , he released the single "Do not Be a Drop-Out" as a lesson to young students who had the intention to give up studies. Later made speeches to dozens of kids remembering the importance of education in school. In 1967 , a single lnaçou patriotic, "America is My Home", which was a "rap" about how he saw people, particularly the african-american community, which was neglecting the country that could give them opportunities and explaining how to one time he was shining shoes and the next, greeting the President of the U.S., as it did with President Lyndon B. Johnson upon his appointment to donate money to programs to prevent school dropout.
A year later, she performed in Boston the day after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. . Credit is given to James Brown to avoid a revolt that city because of this presentation. The story is documented in the film "The Night James Brown Saved Boston".
Afterwards, President Johnson asked Brown to visit Washington, DC and greet residents from the city center performing at a benefit concert and expressed the notion that violence "was not the cmainho next." Many in the black community felt that Brown was communicating with them more than any other leader of the country, a sentiment that was strengthened with the release of the single, " Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud . "
Brown continued performing benefit concerts for various civil rights, including the organization of PUSH Jesse Jackson and the party of the Black Panthers . Brown also continued to release singles with deep social content: "I Do not Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)" (1969), "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved "(1971)," Talking Loud and Saying Nothing "(1972)," King Heroin "(1974)," Funky President (People It's Bad) "(1974) and" Reality "(1975). The week before his death, Brown took gifts for children at an orphanage in Atlanta.
At the end of his life, James Brown lived in Beech Island, South Carolina . James Brown was diagnosed with diabetes at an early stage of his life. Brown was also diagnosed with prostate cancer , which was successfully treated surgically. Despite his health, Brown maintained his reputation as the "hardest-working man in show business" by keeping up with his grueling schedule.
Marriages and children
Brown was married four times - Velma Warren (19 June 1953-1969, divorce), Deidre "Deedee" Jenkins (22 October 1970-10 January 1981, divorce), Adrienne Lois Rodriguez (born 9 March 1950) (1984-6 January 1996 death of his wife) and Tomi Rae Hynie (December 2001-2006, his death). From these and other relationships, James Brown had five sons - Teddy Brown (1954-1973), Terry Brown, and Larry Brown, Daryl Brown (a member of the band) and James Joseph Brown III, and four daughters - Lisa Brown, Dr. Yamma Noyola Brown Lumar, Deanna Brown Thomas and Venisha Brown. Brown also had eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The eldest son of Brown, Teddy died in a car accident on 14 June 1973.
According to an article from August 22, 2007 published by the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph , DNA tests indicate that Brown also fathered at least three illegitimate children. The only identified was LaRhonda Pettit (born 1962), a former flight attendant and retired teacher who lives in Houston.
Controversy The Brown-Hynie
Much controversy surrounded the marriage of Tomi Rae Hynie and James Brown what happened in December 2001, and was chartered by Rev. Larry Fryer. Counsel's longtime Brown, Albert "Buddy" Dallas, reported that the marriage between Brown and Hynie was not valid because Hynie was married at that time to Javed Ahmed, a Pakistani who Hynie claimed to have married her for a green card . Although Hynie claimed that her marriage to Javed Ahmed had been annulled, the annulment only happened in April 2004.
paternity of James Brown II
In a CNN interview, Debra OprI, another Brown family attorney, revealed to Larry King that Brown wanted a test of DNA was done after his death to confirm the paternity of James Brown II - not for Brown safety, but the safety other family members.
Brown's personal life was marred by several brushes with the law. At the age of 16 years, was arrested for theft and was three years in prison. In 1988, Brown was arrested after a car chase at high speed on Interstate 20 going from Georgia to the border with South Carolina. was accused of carrying a pistol without a license and assaulting a police officer, along with drug and other offenses. Although sentenced to six years in prison, was finally released in 1991 after serving only three years of his sentence. In another incident, police were called to the residence of Brown on July 3, 2000, after he was accused of attacking with a knife an employee of the power company during a technical visit.
During the 1990s and 2000s, Brown was repeatedly arrested for domestic violence . He was arrested four times between the mid-1980s and mid-1990s on charges of assault Adrienne Rodriguez, his third wife. In January 2004, Brown was arrested in South Carolina accused of domestic violence against Tomi Rae Hynie who accused him of knocking her down after an argument, which resulted in bruises on her right arm and hip. Brown paid bail of $ 1,087.
Death and Consequences
On December 23, 2006, James Brown, sick, appeared at his dentist's office in Atlanta, Georgia several hours later than scheduled for a dental implant. During this visit, the dentist Brown noted that he looked "very bad ... weak and dazed." Instead of making the implant, the dentist recommended that Brown was the doctor immediately.
Brown went to the Hospital Crawford Long at Emory University in Atlanta on December 24 , 2006 for a medical evaluation of his condition, and was admitted to this hospital for observation and treatment. According to Charles Bobbit , a friend and long-agent date, Brown had been sick and coughing since his return from a trip to Europe in November. Bobbit added that it was characteristic of Brown to never tell or complain to someone about being sick, even during shows. Although Brown had canceled shows in Waterbury ( Connecticut ) and Englewood , Brown was confident that the doctor would dismiss him from the hospital in time to perform shows in New Year's Eve.
For the New Year celebrations, Brown was scheduled to perform at the Teatro Count Basie in New Jersey and at BB King Blues Club in New York also do a live performance in the CNN special program at the end of Year Anderson Cooper. However, Brown remained hospitalized and his condition worsened throughout that day.
On December 25 , 2006, Brown died at approximately 1:45 am heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia , standing beside her, his agent Frank Copsidas and his friend Charles Bobbit. According to Bobbit, Brown uttered the words "I'm going away tonight".
After Brown's death, relatives and friends, many celebrities and thousands of fans attended the funeral held at the Apollo Theater in New York on December 28, 2006 and and the James Brown Arena on December 30, 2006 in Augusta. A separate funeral also took place in the city of North Augusta , South Carolina on December 29, 2006, where friends and family attended. Some of the celebrities who attended the funeral: Michael Jackson , Joe Frazier , Dick Gregory , MC Hammer , Jesse Jackson , Bootsy Collins , LL Cool J , 50 Cent and Don King . All funeral was presided over by Reverend Al Sharpton.
Last will and Testament
James Brown signed his will on 1 August 2000, before the attorney Strom Thurmond, Jr. Albert "Buddy" Dallas was named as one of three personal representatives of the estate of Brown. Brown's will covered his personal property such as clothing, cars and jewelry, music rights and James Brown Enterprises company.
During the reading of the will on January 11, 2007, Thurmond revealed that the six adult children of Brown (Terry Brown, Larry Brown, Daryl Brown, Yamma Brown Lumar, Deanna Brown Thomas and Venisha Brown) was in the will. Hynie and James II were not included. Brown's will was signed 10 months before the birth of James II and more than a year before the wedding of Tomi Rae Hynie with James.
On January 24, 2007, Brown's children filed a lawsuit against the personal representatives of the estate of Brown. In their petition, they asked the court to remove the representatives of the estate of his father (including Brown's attorney and Albert "Buddy" Dallas) and was appointed a director.
Burial at temporary location
After the public funeral services of James Brown's body remained in the coffin in a temperature-controlled room. Brown's casket was later moved to an undisclosed location, while his children and Tomi Rae Hynie became embroiled in disputes over the final resting place of Brown and issues related to his will. More than ten weeks after death Brown's children and Hynie decided where the body would temporarily. Brown was buried on March 10, 2007 in a crypt at the home of Deanna Brown Thomas, one of the daughters of Brown.
According to the family of James, the body will remain buried at this temporary location until a mausoleum is built. To transform the resting place of Brown on a visitor attraction, Brown's family plans to consult with the family of Elvis Presley in order to convert the local attraction similar to Graceland .
According to the Daily Mirror, the daughter of singer and composer American James Brown said the body was stolen from his father. LaRhonda Pettit, said that he discovered what had happened when the family decided he would perform an autopsy on Brown because his death was somewhat confusing for relatives.
James Brown received a variety of awards and honors during his life and even after his death. In 1993, the City Council of Steamboat Springs in Colorado did a poll among residents to choose a new name for the bridge that crossed the river Yampa. The winning name with 7,717 votes was "James Brown Soul Center of the Universe Bridge". James Brown appeared at the opening ceremony of the event. Some residents petitioned to have the name be reverted to the original "Stockbridge" for historical reasons, but soon gave up the popularity of the name of James Brown. Brown returned to Steamboat Springs on July 4, 2002 for a presentation of outdoor alongside other bands like String Cheese Incident.
In 1983, Brown was nominated for "Georgia Music Hall of Fame." In addition, Brown was one of the first inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during the inaugural dinner January 23, 1986. On February 25, 1992, Brown was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 34th edition of the Grammy Awards . Exactly one year later, he received an award in the fourth edition of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Awards. A ceremony was held on January 10, 1997 to honor him with a star on the Walk of Fame.
On June 15, 2000, Brown was one of the nominees for the New York Songwriters Hall of Fame. On November 14, 2006, Brown was appointed to the UK Music Hall of Fame , and was the one who showed up at the ceremony.
Brown was also honored in the city of Augusta in Georgia for his philanthropy and civil. On 20 November 1993, the mayor of Augusta Charles Devaney James honored with the unveiling of the "James Brown Boulevard". On May 6, 2005, as a gift for his 72 th anniversary, Brown received the city of Augusta one bronze statue on Broad Street in natural size.
During the 49th edition of the Grammy Awards that took place on February 11, 2007, the famous cover of James Brown was placed over a microphone by Danny Ray (his MC for over 30 years). During the same event, Christina Aguilera sang one of the successes of Brown, "It's a Man's Man's Man's World".
On December 22, 2007, the award "Tribute Fit For the King of King Records" in honor of James Brown happened at Madison Theater in Covington in Kentucky . The tribute, organized by Bootsy Collins , had presentations by Afrika Bambaataa , Chuck D of Public Enemy , The Soul Generals, Buckethead , Freekbass and Triage. Comedian Michael Coyer was one of the presenters of the event. During the show, the mayor of Cincinnati proclaimed December 22 as "James Brown Day". It has been said that a film biography of James Brown is on the way and that Spike Lee would be the director. ... (more) (less)
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