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->''WOOOW! I feel good!''[[note]][[EarWorm (NA-na-NA-na-NA-na-NA)]][[/note]]
-->'''James Brown''', "I Got You (I Feel Good)"

[[FanNickname The Godfather of Soul]].

Also, Soul Brother Number One, Sex Machine, Mr. Dynamite, The King of Soul, Mr. Please-Please-Please, [[OverlyLongGag The King of Funk]], and most of all, [[IHaveManyNames The Hardest Working Man In Show Business]].

James Joseph Brown, Jr. (May 3, 1933 - December 25, 2006) was one of the biggest music stars of all time. This singer, dancer, and bandleader left his mark on rock, R&B, and {{Soul}} and practically invented {{Funk}} music. His live performances were extremely memorable, and ''Live at the Apollo'' is considered one of the best albums, let alone live albums, of all time. He was also famous for his social activism, solidifying his influence on African-American culture.

Brown's accolades include a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Kennedy Center Honors, and inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

He was Music/MichaelJackson's greatest idol when he was a child, as seen by how much his music and dance styles are influenced by James Brown, and Michael paid tribute to him many times throughout his career. James Brown later [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tPwmMJMW2pM invited Michael]] onstage in 1983.

Sadly died of pneumonia in 2006, on Christmas Day no less. But his legacy lives on and in 2014, a biographical film, ''Get On Up'', was made about his life.

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!!! "Papa's got a brand new trope":

* BadToTheBone: "I Got You (I Feel Good)" (''not'' titled just [[RefrainFromAssuming "I Feel Good"]]) has been used in many movie scenes with happy people. It is also a StandardSnippet in comedy trailers.
* CarefulWithThatAxe: [++HUUOOWWAAUUUAAAORGGHAAAGGOOOWWWW!++]
* DomesticAbuser: Was arrested for domestic violence at least 5 times and sued for forcible rape (the case was dropped due to insufficient evidence)
* GorgeousGeorge: Developed his stage persona after being inspired by [[Wrestling/GeorgeWagner the original]].
* {{Funk}}: Not the earliest example, but definitely a {{Trope Maker|s}}.
* IAmTheBand: Brown was a notorious perfectionist, and ran through backup band members like water.
* IHaveManyNames: Just look at all of those StageNames.
* IndecipherableLyrics: Many songs of his have barely any intelligible lyrics except for "Hey!"
** As a Memphis radio host put it, "James Brown didn't need any lyrics sheets. He had PCP!"
* IntercourseWithYou: "Sex Machine," just for starters.
* JohnBarleycornAndFriends: "King Heroin".
* ListingCities: "Living In America" and "Night Train."
* LongTitle: "I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I'll Get It Myself)".
* LyricalTic: Brown may well be the Most Triumphant Example of a musician who uses this trope. He was famous for going "ow!". He was also famous for variations of "Hunh!", "Heh!", "Whoa", "Ooh", and (as noted in the page quote), "Hey!"
** A short-lived Twitmeme, "Radio 4 Minus One Letter", defined "From Our Ow Correspondent" as "a series of reports from across the world delivered by our reporters, interspersed with their impressions of James Brown".
** "Sex Machine" has him add a noticeable "-uh" to the end of every line.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: James Brown is one of the most used victims of this trope.
* {{Revenge}}: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "The Payback"]] is all about this, [[CaptainObvious obviously.]]
* ThreeChordsAndTheTruth

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