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1933–2006, African-American rhythm-and-blues singer known as the "godfather of soul," b. Barnwell, S.C., as James Joe Brown, Jr. Abandoned by his parents, he left school in the seventh grade and turned to petty crime. After three years in reform school, Brown joined (1952) the Gospel Starlighters, which soon became the Famous Flames, the group with which he recorded his first hit, Please, Please, Please (1956). With his soulful, gravel-voiced, gospel-inflected singing style and spectacular stage presence—often screaming (on key) and dancing acrobatically—Brown was a true innovator of rhythm and blues and funk, recording such hit singles as I Got You (I Feel Good) (1965), It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World (1966), the Black Pride anthem Say It Loud (1968), and many albums, e.g., Live at the Apollo (1963) and The Payback (1974). He again hit the top of the charts with his Grammy-winning album Living in America (1985). Jailed (1988) on drug and gun charges, he was released in 1991 and resumed an active singing and recording career. Brown's vocal style has had a great influence on musicians from Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson, the Rolling Stones, and hip-hop artists. The recipient of many music awards, in 1986 Brown was one of the original inductees of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


See his The Godfather of Soul (1986) and I Feel Good: A Memoir of a Life of Soul (2005); biographies by RJ Smith (2012) and J. McBride (2016).

Brown, James

(1791–1877) banker; born in Ireland (son of Alexander Brown). He arrived in Baltimore, Md. in 1802 and in 1825 established the New York City branch of his father's firm, Brown Brothers & Company. He guided the banking house through financial crises (1837, 1857) and the Civil War. He gave generously to local institutions and was one of the founders of Presbyterian Hospital. The mayor of New York City ordered all flags on public buildings to fly at half-mast at his death.

Brown, James

(1928–  ) musician; born in Barnwell, S.C. One of the most significant figures in black pop music, he began his singing career in Macon, Ga., with the Gospel Starlighters. In 1954, he formed a vocal group, the Famous Flames, with whom he recorded his first "cry" ballads, "Please, Please, Please" (1956) and "Try Me" (1958). Combining gospel and blues roots with a stage presentation that mixed calculated hysteria and absolute musical precision, he emerged by 1962 as the leading star in rhythm and blues and one of its key innovators. His nicknames included "the Hardest Working Man in Show Business" and "Soul Brother Number One." During the late 1960s, his ambiguous racial politics made him an emblematic figure for both moderate and radical movements. His 1968 recording, "Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud," became an anthem of the Black Power movement. By the early 1970s, he had become one of the first black entertainers to assume complete control of his own career, and this remains an enduring aspect of his legacy. In 1986, he was an inaugural member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame. The following year, his recording "Living in America" won a Grammy for best rhythm & blues performance. In 1988 he was jailed for three years on charges that included aggravated assault. Upon his release in 1991, he resumed his career as a leading concert and recording artist.
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Cardiff Devils: Giacomo Raffaelli, Joe Morris, Louis Lockwood, Stephen Deacon, Jason Stone, Owen James Griffiths, Christopher Hart, Ben Brown, James Preece, Jordan Powell, David Sadler, Jamie Hayes, Jack Randall, Gareth Dixon (capt), Michael Brabon (nm), Luke Takel (nm), Trent Hope, Robert Sedlak, Callum Buglass, Philip Manny, Kieran Latchford, Josh Haslam.
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Brown, now a non-executive director at Aberdeen, reckons Strachan will have a dilemma for the challenge match against England at Wembley on August 14 when many of his top players such as Gary Caldwell, Scott Brown, James Forrest and Steven Fletcher could be back.
The Scots have been hit with six call-offs ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier after Scott Brown, James Forrest, Lee Wallace, Danny Fox, Gary Caldwell and Liam Bridcutt were all forced to pull out of the trip to Zagreb.
Groomsmen were Andrew Vowell Brown, James Williams Guest, John Robertson Nichols, Jonas Quitman Outlaw, Patrick Martin White, and Joseph Harmon Willis.
Scott Brown, James Forrest and Andy Webster did not train with the rest of the squad yesterday before their arrival in Wales.
Instead, Smith's account balances the trappings--the cape, the dancing, the splits, the visceral scream, the self-assured smile and laugh--with an in-depth, judicious study of what made James Brown, James Brown
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Halstead's new recruits include top-producing agents Elayne Reimer, Mary Hall Mayer, Bonnie Brown, James Harp, Debra Weiner, Helen Anderson and Michael DeRosa.
At the challenge, foreground from left, were Midcounties colleagues Jenny Brown, James Taylor and Todd Perry.
But it was one-way traffic from there on as Gylfi Sigurdsson, Hal Robson-Kanu, Aaron Brown, James Henry and Simon Cox (72) fired the Royals to a convincing victory.