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James Joseph Brown Jr (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as "The Godfather of Soul". In a career that spanned six decades, Brown profoundly influenced the development of several different musical genres. Born in Barnwell, South Carolina, Brown moved to Augusta, Georgia, to live with relatives at the age of five. After a stint in prison for robbery, Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. Joining an R&B vocal group called the Avons that later evolved to become The Famous Flames, Brown served as the group's lead singer. First coming to national public attention in the late 1950s as a member of The Flames with the ballads "Please, Please, Please" and "Try Me", Brown built a reputation as a tireless live performer with singing group The Famous Flames and his backing band, sometimes known as the James Brown BandJames Brown Orchestra or the JB's. Brown's success peaked in the 1960s with the live album, Live at the Apollo, and hit singles such as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", "I Got You" and "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"....(read more on wikipedia)

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Peel was an avid fan of James Brown's early material and would often play these on his shows. On his BBC Radio One show from 10 November 1999, Peel played James Brown's "Lowdown Popcorn" as his Peelenium 1970. Down the years, his Christmas playlists often featured JB seasonal tunes.

Unsurprisingly, given the huge influence of James Brown over popular music in general,[1] the DJ played numerous artists who echoed different elements of JB, not only from the fields of R&B, soul and funk but also including Hip Hop outfits such as Public Enemy, who deployed many samples from Brown, and 80s British bands such as A Certain Ratio, who increasingly came to use dance music rhythms, among others.


Shows Played


JAMES BROWN Lowdown Popcorn Long version)

'Lowdown Popcorn', a Peelenium 1970

  • 10 October 1974: It's Hell (7" - It's Hell / Papa Don't Take No Mess) Polydor
  • James_Brown_-_Living_in_America_(Official_Video)

    James Brown - Living in America (Official Video)

    13 January 1986: Living In America (7") Scotti Bros.
  • 04 February 1986: Funky President (People It's Bad)
  • 04 March 1986: Your Love (LP - Dead On The Heavy Funk 74-76) Polydor
  • 25 March 1986: Bodyheat (Part 1) (LP - Dead On The Heavy Funk 74-76) Polydor
  • 22 April 1986: Soul Power
  • 23 July 1986: Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me)
  • 23 September 1986: Gravity (12") Scotti Bros. (JP: 'I suppose it's the most obvious thing to say that I could have done with a bit more James Brown and a bit less Dan Hartman, but that's the new single Gravity, taken from a forthcoming LP, I suppose it's better than nothing')
  • 14 July 1987: I Feel Good (LP - Sex Machine Today) Polydor
  • 09 December 1987: Get Up, Get Into It And Get Involved (LP - In The Jungle Groove) Polydor
  • 16 December 1987: Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (Remix) (2xLP - In The Jungle Groove) Polydor
  • 18 March 1994: Pass The Peas (LP - James Brown's Funky People) Polydor
  • 17 November 1996: Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (2xCD – 40th Anniversary Collection) Polydor
  • 21 December 2000:  Please Come Home For Christmas (LP - James Brown Sings Christmas Songs) Pye


(The list below was compiled only from the Cover Versions page of this site. Please add more information if known.)

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