James Brown

1933 - 2006

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James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, dancer, musician, record producer, and bandleader. The central progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century music, he is often referred to by the honorific nicknames "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 13,032,352 page views. His biography is available in 86 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 82 in 2019). James Brown is the 34th most popular singer (down from 22nd in 2019), the 216th most popular biography from United States (down from 150th in 2019) and the 15th most popular 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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  • 71.24

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  • 86

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  • 5.94

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.44

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, James Brown ranks 34 out of 3,528Before him are Umm Kulthum, Cesária Évora, Brian Johnson, Whitney Houston, Barry White, and Nana Mouskouri. After him are Jacques Brel, Patti Smith, Plácido Domingo, Nico, Amanda Lear, and Andrea Bocelli.

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Among people born in 1933, James Brown ranks 11Before him are Garrincha, Roman Polanski, Montserrat Caballé, Michael Caine, Yoko Ono, and Charles K. Kao. After him are Francisco Gento, Nina Simone, Amartya Sen, Claudio Abbado, Abolhassan Banisadr, and Tinto Brass. Among people deceased in 2006, James Brown ranks 10Before him are Slobodan Milošević, Milton Friedman, Gerald Ford, Naguib Mahfouz, Stanisław Lem, and Saparmurat Niyazov. After him are Desmond Doss, Heinrich Harrer, Alfredo Stroessner, Philippe Noiret, Oriana Fallaci, and Syd Barrett.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Brown ranks 216 out of 18,182Before him are Charlton Heston (1923), Coen brothers (null), Buster Keaton (1895), J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904), Quentin Tarantino (1963), and Miles Davis (1926). After him are Frank Zappa (1940), Edwin McMillan (1907), Walt Whitman (1819), John Travolta (1954), Tim Cook (1960), and Andrew Jackson (1767).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, James Brown ranks 15Before him are Jim Morrison (1943), Barbra Streisand (1942), Tupac Shakur (1971), Johnny Cash (1932), Whitney Houston (1963), and Barry White (1944). After him are Patti Smith (1946), Joe Dassin (1938), Nina Simone (1933), Billie Holiday (1915), Ella Fitzgerald (1917), and 50 Cent (1975).