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 "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 11,835,227 page views. His biography is available in 82 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). James Brown is the 22nd most popular singer (up from 23rd in 2019), the 150th most popular biography from United States (down from 148th in 2019) and the 11th 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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  • 12M

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  • 79.61

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  • 82

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.35

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.97

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, James Brown ranks 22 out of 3,541Before him are Montserrat Caballé, Adriano Celentano, Enrico Caruso, Demis Roussos, Plácido Domingo, and Tupac Shakur. After him are Barbra Streisand, Farinelli, Dalida, Patti Smith, Cesária Évora, and Mick Jagger.

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Among people born in 1933, James Brown ranks 9Before him are Garrincha, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Yoko Ono, Michael Caine, and Montserrat Caballé. After him are Dalida, Nina Simone, Claudio Abbado, Lina Medina, Just Fontaine, and Krzysztof Penderecki. Among people deceased in 2006, James Brown ranks 8Before him are Augusto Pinochet, Ferenc Puskás, Slobodan Milošević, Gerald Ford, Milton Friedman, and Naguib Mahfouz. After him are Stanisław Lem, Saparmurat Niyazov, Heinrich Harrer, Desmond Doss, Philippe Noiret, and Oriana Fallaci.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, James Brown ranks 150 out of 15,968Before him are Brad Pitt (1963), Tupac Shakur (1971), Phineas Gage (1823), Madonna (1958), James Watson (1928), and Vin Diesel (1967). After him are Ray Charles (1930), Barbra Streisand (1942), Clark Gable (1901), Carl Sagan (1934), Paul Newman (1925), and Tom Hanks (1956).

Among SINGERS In United States

Among singers born in United States, James Brown ranks 11Before him are Frank Sinatra (1915), Johnny Cash (1932), Tina Turner (1939), Joan Baez (1941), Jim Morrison (1943), and Tupac Shakur (1971). After him are Barbra Streisand (1942), Patti Smith (1946), Whitney Houston (1963), Aretha Franklin (1942), Barry White (1944), and Nina Simone (1933).