On This Day

James Brown

Singer James Brown
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Profession: Singer

United States of America

Why Famous: The Godfather of Soul

Born: May 3, 1933
Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, USA

Generation: Silent Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rooster
Star Sign: Taurus

Died: December 25, 2006 (aged 73)
Cause of Death: Pneumonia

Married Life

  • 1953-06-19 Singer James Brown (20) weds Velma Warren at Trinity CME Church in Toccoa, Georgia
  • 1970-10-22 Singer James Brown (37) weds Deidre Jenkins in Barnwell, South Carolina
  • 1981-01-10 Singer James Brown (47) divorces Deidre Jenkins after 10 years of marriage

Historical Events

  • 1974-09-28 "Papa Don't Take No Mess Part 1" by James Brown peaks at #31
  • 1977-09-29 James Brown's band walks out claiming they were underpaid & overworked
  • 1986-01-23 1st induction of Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Domino, Everly Bros, Buddy Holly, J L Lewis & Elvis Presley)
  • 1990-04-12 James Brown moves to a work-release center after serving 15 months for weapon and drug related convictions
  • 1991-02-27 Singer James Brown is released from prison

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