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James Joseph Brown
Birth: May 3, 1933
Barnwell
Barnwell County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Dec. 25, 2006
Atlanta
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

Singer. Nicknamed included "Godfather of Soul" and the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business", he was impoverished at birth. Raised by friends and relatives. he spent much time on the street, where he was engaged in various criminal activities. While in reform school, he met Bobby Byrd, whose family rescued him. He joined Byrd's musical group, which ultimately became the "Famous Flames". James Brown's first hit with the group was "Please, Please, Please" in 1956. His unique dance style was an inspiration for those who came after him, including Michael Jackson and Prince. Married four times, he was accused of abusing his third wife. He also spent time in prison for PCP use, brandishing a firearm in public, and engaging in a high speed chase with police officers. Fifteen years later, the State of South Carolina pardoned him. His career also encompassed acting in several films, notably "The Blues Brothers" (1980) and "Dr. Detroit" (1983). (bio by: countedx58) 
 
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 Parents:
  Joseph Brown (1912 - 1993)
  Susie Behling Brown (1916 - 2004)
 
 Spouse:
  Adrienne Lois Rodriegues Brown (1948 - 1996)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart failure
 
Burial:
Thomas Family Home Crypt
Beech Island
Aiken County
South Carolina, USA
Specifically: Temporary burial site
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: countedx58
Record added: Dec 25, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 17147643
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Continued Restful Peace...
- Camella Ford
 Added: Aug. 30, 2014
"Pay back...[funky music]...Revenge."
- Maggie
 Added: Aug. 27, 2014

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