James Brown Arrest RecordsKnown as the “Godfather of Soul,” and “Soul Brother No. 1,” James Brown was an iconic figure in soul and funk music. He was an influential musician with a unique style, inspiring countless artists globally. Brown started as a gospel singer, as the lead vocalist for Gospel Starlighters, who went on to become Famous Flames.
Born on May 3, 1933, to Joseph Gardner Brown and Susie, in Barnwell, South Carolina, his parents named him James Joe Brown Jr. Everyone knows the musician for his high-octane vocals and energetic dance moves. In Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, James Brown was seventh on this list. A biographical film on the musician’s life, “Get on Up,” came out in 2014. His legacy earned him several honors and awards, even after his death on December 25, 2006.
His ballad “Try Me,” went on to take the top spot on the 1959 R&B charts. He released another hit on Dade Records, known as “(Do The) Mashed Potatoes,” after which he got a contract from King Records.
Brown released “Think!,” an album full of hits with Famous Flames. Another highlight in his career was in 1962 when he and his band released a cover of “Night Train.” This went on to feature in the top five singles in the R&B genre.
Brown sold more than a million copies of “Live at the Apollo,” which was a live album. It remained on the charts for 14 months and reached number two ranking on the Top LPs chart.
The first time Brown won a Grammy was when he released “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag.” “I Got You,” another single by the musician went on to take the top spot in the R&B genre. “I Can’t Stand Myself,” “My Thang,” and “Papa Don’t Take No Mess,” were other smash hits from the artist.
When Richard Nixon stood for reelection, Brown supported him publicly. However, this decision led to a significant portion of this audience to boycott his performances. Due to the backlash from the fans, there was a drop in concerts and record sales. Due to several run-ins with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), his business collapsed.
James Brown’s personal life was full of encounters with law enforcement officers. When the musician was 16 years old, he spent three years in prison for theft. Police officers arrested him on July 16, 1978, as he didn’t return the records from his record station. He had another encounter with law enforcement officers as the officials apprehended him for assault.
Although he was against his entourage from consuming alcohol and drugs, the artist fell prey to substance abuse. The police arrested him in May 1988, due to drug and weapons charges. His most infamous encounter with law enforcement officers was in September 1988. A high-speed car chase across two states, Georgia and South Carolina resulted in a six-year sentence. The charges were aggravated assault and failure to stop in front of a police officer.
However, he was able to walk out of prison after three years. Although there were two civil suits by Mary Simons and Lisa Agbalaya for sexual assault, they withdrew their lawsuits. His third wife, Adrienne Rodriguez, called the cops on him four times and charged him with assault.
The police had to arrest Brown due to domestic violence charges filed on him by Tomi Rae Hynie. There were bruises and scratches on her hip and right arm, as she alleged that the signer pushed her on the floor.
Jacque Hollander also accused the musician of rape in 2005. However, her actions against the singer didn’t result in anything.
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