James Brown (1933 – 2006)
James Brown in Belgrade in 1993
|Birth name||James Joseph Brown, Jr.|
|Born||May 3, 1933
Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
|Died||December 25, 2006 (aged 73)
|Genres||funk, soul, R&B|
|Occupations||Musician, recording artist, producer, dancer, bandleader|
|Instruments||Vocals, drums, percussion,organ, keyboards|
|Labels||Federal, King, Dade, Try Me,Smash, People, Polydor, Scotti Bros.|
|Associated acts||The Famous Flames, The J.B.’s,The Dapps, Bobby Byrd, The Soul Generals, Lyn Collins,Bobby Bennett, Bootsy Collins|
James Joseph Brown, Jr. (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.
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. 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 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“. 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 and pneumonia.
Brown recorded seventeen number-one singles on the Billboard R&B charts. 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. Brown was honored by many institutions including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame. 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. Brown is ranked seventh on the music magazine Rolling Stone‘s list of its 100 greatest artists of all time
Eric Church, 2012
|Birth name||Kenneth Eric Church|
|Born||May 3, 1977
Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States
|Origin||Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States|
|Genres||Country, southern rock,bluegrass|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano, banjo|
|Labels||Capitol Records Nashville
|Associated acts||Jason Aldean
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.
|Birth name||Francesco Stephen Castelluccio|
|Born||May 3, 1934|
|Origin||Newark, New Jersey, U.S.|
|Genres||Rock and roll, traditional pop|
|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).
Cross backstage after a tribute concert toMichael McDonald, February 4, 2000
|Birth name||Christopher Charles Geppert|
|Born||May 3, 1951
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
|Genres||Pop rock, soft rock|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, musician,producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||Warner Bros., Priority, CMC International|
|Associated acts||Michael McDonald, Burt Bacharach, Madison Cross, The Alan Parsons Project|
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. “Sailing” earned three Grammys in 1981, while “Arthur’s Theme” won theOscar for Best Original Song in 1981 (with co-composers Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen).