Saturday Open Thread | Tribute to James Brown the “Godfather of SOUL”

james_brown_painting_by_vanzanto-d58u5g0

Happy Saturday, Everyone! today’s post is a tribute to The Godfather of SOUL, Mr. James Brown.

Mr. Brown was LARGER than LIFE.
4511235538_e827250ce4_z

james-brown-alves

If you’ve seen the movie which hit theaters Friday, August 1, we’d love to read your comments on the movie. I’ll check it out today with hubby and friends.

140731_BB_GETONUP_JamesBrownSBS_jpg_CROP_promovar-mediumlarge

James Joseph Brown, Jr.[1] (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) 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 music genres.

James-Brown-circa-1980-1024x819

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 the 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”.

n18l

Brown recorded 16 number-one singles on the Billboard R&B charts.[6] Brown also holds the record as the artist to have charted the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 which did not reach number-one on that chart.[7][8] Brown was honored by many institutions including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.[9] In Joel Whitburn’s analysis of the Billboard R&B charts from 1942 to 2010, Hot R&B Songs, James Brown is ranked as number one in The Top 500 Artists.[10] Brown is ranked seventh on the music magazine Rolling Stone’s list of its 100 greatest artists of all time.

Get on UP!

Chadwick-James Brown

Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in GET ON UP

During the late 1960s, Brown moved from a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly “Africanized” approach to music-making that influenced the development of funk music. By the early 1970s, Brown had fully established the funk sound after the formation of The J.B.’s with records such as “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” and “The Payback”. Brown also became notable for songs of social commentary including the 1968 hit, “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”. Brown continued to perform and record for the duration of his life until his death in 2006 from Congestive heart failure. He leaves behind his children and grandchildren.

james_brown_please

During the late 1960s, Brown moved from a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly “Africanized” approach to music-making that influenced the development of funk music.[5] By the early 1970s, Brown had fully established the funk sound after the formation of The J.B.’s with records such as “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine” and “The Payback”. Brown also became notable for songs of social commentary including the 1968 hit, “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”. Brown continued to perform and record for the duration of his life until his death in 2006 from Congestive heart failure. He leaves behind his children and grandchildren.

james-brown-615

295514

Viola-Davis-and-Octavia-Spencer
Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer

0f1eab2de0895ddf2f5dca5f126d7936

its-a-mans-world-james-brown-david-fossaceca

james-brown-and-his-famous-flames-reggie-duffie

UcILS-jksSU


2012_40934_114329

Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m PROUD!

JB-3

say it loud

jb-4

ooooww--james-brown-saheed-fawehinmi

This entry was posted in Current Events, Media, Movies, Music, Open Thread, Politics and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to Saturday Open Thread | Tribute to James Brown the “Godfather of SOUL”

  1. vitaminlover says:

    I believe that the James Brown movie will be quite a success!

  2. rikyrah says:

    Thank you for the James Brown tribute.
    Going to see GET ON UP this weekend!

  3. rikyrah says:

    Good Afternoon, Everyone :)

    Done my swim. Off to run errands and then off to the movies!

  4. Ametia says:

    Amid calls to retire, Justice Ginsburg says she’s catching her second wind
    By Robert Barnes August 1 at 6:31 PM

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg seems to have settled on a response to the liberals who have urged her to step down now so that President Obama can appoint her successor:

    It’s probably already too late in the poisoned atmosphere of Capitol Hill.

    “So who do you think could be nominated now that would get through the Senate that you would rather see on the court than me?” Ginsburg asked rhetorically in response to a question posed by the Associated Press’s Mark Sherman in an interview Thursday afternoon.

    The 81-year-old justice said almost exactly those words to Joan Biskupic of Reuters that same afternoon. Ginsburg added that she had lunch with Obama last summer at the president’s invitation but that she doesn’t think he was “fishing” for her retirement plans.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/amid-calls-to-retire-justice-ginsburg-says-shes-catching-her-second-wind/2014/08/01/4399296a-199f-11e4-9349-84d4a85be981_story.html?wpisrc=nl_hdtop

  5. Ametia says:

    Good Morning, Everyone.

Leave a Reply