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James Brown (1933 – 2006)

James Brown

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James Brown
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James Brown in Belgrade in 1993
Background information
Birth name James Joseph Brown, Jr.
Born May 3, 1933
Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Origin Toccoa, Georgia
Died December 25, 2006 (aged 73)
AtlantaGeorgia
Genres funksoulR&B
Occupations Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader
Instruments Vocals, drums, percussion,organ, keyboards
Years active 1954–2006
Labels FederalKing, Dade, Try Me,SmashPeoplePolydorScotti Bros.
Associated acts The Famous FlamesThe J.B.’s,The DappsBobby Byrd, The Soul Generals, Lyn Collins,Bobby BennettBootsy Collins
Website www.jamesbrown.com

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 many different musical genres.[2]

Born in Barnwell, South Carolina, Brown moved to Augusta, Georgia, to live with relatives at the age of five. After a stint in prison for robbery, 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.[3][4] 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 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 albumLive 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“. 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 and pneumonia.

Brown recorded seventeen 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 Stones list of its 100 greatest artists of all time

 

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Eric Church

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Eric Church
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Eric Church, 2012
Background information
Birth name Kenneth Eric Church
Born May 3, 1977 (age 36)
Granite FallsNorth Carolina, United States
Origin Granite FallsNorth Carolina, United States
Genres Countrysouthern rock,bluegrass
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocalsguitarpianobanjo
Years active 2005–present
Labels Capitol Records Nashville
EMI Nashville
Associated acts Jason Aldean
Luke Bryan
Terri Clark
Jay Joyce
Website Official website

Kenneth Eric Church (born May 3, 1977), known professionally as Eric Church, is an American country music singer-songwriter. Signed to Capitol Recordsin 2005, he released a total a four studio albums for that label. His debut album, 2006’s Sinners Like Me, produced four singles on the Billboard country chart, including the Top 20 hits “How ‘Bout You,” “Two Pink Lines,” and “Guys Like Me.” His second album, 2009’s Carolina, produced three more singles: “Smoke a Little Smoke” and his first Top 10 hits, “Love Your Love the Most” and “Hell on the Heart.” 2011’s Chief, his first No. 1 album, includes the singles “Homeboy,” “Creepin’“, and “Like Jesus Does“. This album also gave him his first two No.1 hits in “Drink in My Hand,” and “Springsteen” in January and June 2012. “The Only Way I Know“, which he and Jason Aldean along with Luke Bryan recorded together on Aldean’s album Night Train, went on to become his third number one in early 2013. A fourth album, The Outsiders, was released in February 2014. It includes two new singles in its title track and “Give Me Back My Hometown“, both released in 2013 and 2014 respectively. It became his second No.1 album on the charts early in that same year.

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Frankie Valli

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Frankie Valli
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Frankie Valli (left) in 2010, with Linda November and Artie Schroeck
Background information
Birth name Francesco Stephen Castelluccio
Born May 3, 1934 (age 79)
Origin Newark, New JerseyU.S.
Genres Rock and rolltraditional pop
Occupations Vocalist
Years active 1951–present
Associated acts The Four Seasons
also known as
The 4 Seasons
The 4 Seasons featuring the “sound” of Frankie Valli
The Wonder Who?

Frankie Valli (born Francesco Stephen Castelluccio; May 3, 1934) is an American popular singer, most famous as frontman of The Four Seasonsbeginning in 1960. He is well known for his unusually powerful falsetto voice.

Valli scored 29 Top 40 hits with The Four Seasons, one Top 40 hit under The Four Seasons’ alias ‘The Wonder Who?‘, and nine Top 40 hits as a solo artist. As a member of The Four Seasons, Valli’s number one hits included “Sherry” (1962), “Big Girls Don’t Cry” (1962), “Walk Like a Man” (1963), “Rag Doll” (1964) and “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)” (1975). Valli’s recording of the song “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” reached number two in 1967. “You’re Ready Now”, a Valli solo recording from 1966, became a surprise hit in Great Britain as part of the Northern soul scene and hit number eleven on the British pop charts in December 1970. As a solo artist, Valli scored number one hits with the songs “My Eyes Adored You” (1974) and “Grease” (1978).

Valli, Tommy DeVitoNick Massi, and Bob Gaudio—the original members of The Four Seasons—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990[1] and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999

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Christopher Cross

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Christopher Cross
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Cross backstage after a tribute concert toMichael McDonald, February 4, 2000
Background information
Birth name Christopher Charles Geppert
Born May 3, 1951 (age 62)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Genres Pop rocksoft rock
Occupations Singersongwritermusician,producer
Instruments Vocalsguitarpiano
Years active 1979–present
Labels Warner Bros.PriorityCMC International
Associated acts Michael McDonaldBurt Bacharach, Madison Cross, The Alan Parsons Project
Website christophercross.com

Christopher Cross (born Christopher Charles Geppert; May 3, 1951) is an American singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas. His debut album earned him five Grammy Awards. He is perhaps best known for his US Top Ten hit songs, “Sailing“, “Ride Like the Wind“, and “Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)“, the latter recorded by him for the film Arthur, which starred Dudley Moore.[1][2] “Sailing” earned three Grammys in 1981, while “Arthur’s Theme” won theOscar for Best Original Song in 1981 (with co-composers Burt BacharachCarole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen).

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