James Brown

1933 - 2006

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James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, dancer and musician. The central progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century music, he is referred to by various nicknames, among them "the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business", "Godfather of Soul", "Mr. Dynamite", and "Soul Brother No. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Brown has received more than 15,814,343 page views. His biography is available in 87 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 86 in 2019). James Brown is the 43rd most popular singer (down from 34th in 2019), the 265th most popular biography from United States (down from 216th in 2019) and the 16th most popular American Singer.

James Brown is most famous for being the "Godfather of Soul" and an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is also known as the "hardest working man in show business."

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  • 16M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 70.21

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 87

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.22

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.86

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among singers, James Brown ranks 43 out of 4,381Before him are Albano Carrisi, Amanda Lear, Barbra Streisand, Plácido Domingo, Joe Cocker, and Miriam Makeba. After him are 50 Cent, Agnetha Fältskog, Jacques Brel, Ozzy Osbourne, Joe Dassin, and Lisa Marie Presley.

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Among people born in 1933, James Brown ranks 14Before him are Yoko Ono, Lina Medina, Michael Caine, Tinto Brass, Claudio Abbado, and Jalal Talabani. After him are Just Fontaine, Corazon Aquino, Nina Simone, Amartya Sen, Heinrich Rohrer, and Philip Roth. Among people deceased in 2006, James Brown ranks 9Before him are Ferenc Puskás, Slobodan Milošević, Gerald Ford, Naguib Mahfouz, Milton Friedman, and Stanisław Lem. After him are Philippe Noiret, Syd Barrett, Oriana Fallaci, Alfredo Stroessner, Saparmurat Niyazov, and Owen Chamberlain.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Brown ranks 265 out of 20,380Before him are Ernest Lawrence (1901), Pete Conrad (1930), Irvin D. Yalom (1931), Neil deGrasse Tyson (1958), Gary Cooper (1901), and Gene Hackman (1930). After him are Jesse Owens (1913), 50 Cent (1975), James A. Garfield (1831), Robert F. Kennedy (1925), Edward Thorndike (1874), and Brian Wilson (1942).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, James Brown ranks 16Before him are Tupac Shakur (1971), Patti Smith (1946), Whitney Houston (1963), Johnny Cash (1932), Barry White (1944), and Barbra Streisand (1942). After him are 50 Cent (1975), Joe Dassin (1938), Lisa Marie Presley (1968), Nina Simone (1933), Stevie Wonder (1950), and Eminem (1972).