Joseph Brown, Jr. "God Father of Soul", commonly referred
to as "The Godfather of Soul", "Mr. Dynamite", the
"King of Funk", "Soul Brother #1" and "The
Hardest Working Man in Show Business", was an American entertainer
(singer and dancer).
What do you know about James
Alan's FUN Music Trivia Quiz.
Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.
1) James Brown was born in Barnwell, South
Carolina on May 3, 1933 to Susie Brown and Joseph ("Joe")
Gardner (who changed his surname to Brown after Mattie Brown who
raised him). Although Brown was to be named after his father
Joseph, his first and middle names were mistakenly reversed on
his birth certificate. He therefore became James Joseph Brown,
2) Brown managed to stay in school until he dropped out.
was he in?
- Seventh grade
- Tenth grade
- Senior year
3) At the age of sixteen, he was convicted of armed robbery and sent
to a juvenile detention center upstate in Toccoa in 1948.
4) While Brown was in reform school, who did he became acquainted
- Bobby Byrd
- Marvin Jones
- Barbara Mansfield
5) Brown joined Bobby Byrd's vocal group, the Avons, and Byrd turned
the group's sound towards secular rhythm and blues. After the group's
name was changed to The Flames. The group eventually signed a deal with
the Cincinnati, Ohio-based label Federal Records, a sister label of King
Records. Their first single hit #5 on the R&B chart.
What was the
- "Come Back Little Suzie"
- "Take Me to Heaven"
- "Please, Please, Please"
6) Brown's group returned to the charts to stay in 1958 with the #1
What was the song?
- "Try Me"
- "Tonight Again"
- "Swinging Tonight"
7) The group's billing was changed to James Brown and The Famous
Flames. "The Famous Flames" was the backing band, not a vocal
8) Brown recorded the 1960 Top Ten R&B hit "(Do the) Mashed
Potatoes" on Dade Records, owned by Henry Stone.
What name did he
- Nat Kendrick & The Swans
- Billy Idol and the Swingers
- Mansfield's Rangers
9) Brown recorded a hit version of a ballad "Prisoner of
Love", (his first Top 20 pop hit). The song was a #1 hit in 1946.
Who had the 1946 hit?
- Bobby Brown
- Bing Crosby
- Perry Como
10) On December 25, 2006, Brown died from congestive heart failure
resulting from complications of pneumonia, with his agent Frank Copsidas
and his friend Charles Bobbit at his bedside.
11) Where is he buried?
- Thomas Family Home Crypt, Beech Island, South Carolina (Temporary
- Augusta Memorial Gardens, Augusta, Georgia
- Brown Memorial Gardens, North August, South Carolina