The showbiz nickname of James Brown, veteran rock/soul singer, also known as “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.”
Over the years, James Brown has acted on the police drama MIAMI VICE/NBC/1984-89; hosted the musical variety show IT’S SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO/SYN/1987+; appeared on vintage musical snippets on DICK CLARK’S GOLDEN GREATS/SYN/1988-89; talked about his career on THE DAVID FROST SHOW/SYN/1969-72; and performed at the half-time show of SUPERBOWL XXXI in 1997.
Perhaps his most memorable TV performance was the final episode of the sitcom AMEN/NBC/1986-91 where he performed his classic “I Feel Good” on a telethon to raise money to save The First Community Church in Philadelphia. His upbeat antics brought on the labor and delivery of Deacon Frye’s (Sherman Hemsley) pregnant daughter, Thelma (Anna Maria Horsford).
The soulful James Brown once revealed his secret of success in an interview for Musician magazine (4/86) when he said “Back when everybody was listening to soaps-suds songs and jingles, I emphasized the beat, not the melody, understand? Heat the beat, and the rest’ll turn sweet.”
Born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, James Joseph Brown died on December 25, 2006 (age 73) in Atlanta, Georgia.