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Soul Brother No. 1: The James Brown Quiz
by Staff
Mr. Dynamite. Godfather of Soul. You can earn a lot of nicknames in a career spanning half a century. Take our quiz to see how much you know about the music, life and troubles of the great James Brown.

What year was James Brown born?

  • 1923
  • 1933
  • 1943

True or false: James Brown grew up in a brothel.

  • true
  • false

True or false: James Brown's childhood was spent in poverty.

  • true
  • false

Why was Brown kicked out of school at age 12?

  • bad grades
  • poor behavior
  • insufficient clothing

How old was Brown the first time he went to prison?

  • 16 years old
  • 18 years old
  • 21 years old

What was the name of the first band Brown joined?

  • the Flying Findusters
  • the Gospel Starlighters
  • the James Brown Trio

What was the name of Brown's first hit song?

  • "Please Don't Go"
  • "Please, Please, Please"
  • "Please Please Me"

What was the first James Brown song to hit No. 1 on the charts?

  • "Think"
  • "I Want You So Bad"
  • "Try Me"

True or false: James Brown rarely performed live during the early years of his career.

  • true
  • false

What year did James Brown record his famous album "Live at the Apollo"?

  • 1962
  • 1964
  • 1966

True or false: "Live at the Apollo" was a smash hit.

  • true
  • false

What year did Brown release "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"?

  • 1963
  • 1965
  • 1967

What did James Brown do as race riots raged in April 1968?

  • called for violent protest
  • ignored the issue
  • asked for peace

How many instrumental albums did Brown release during the '60s?

  • one
  • four
  • 11

Which of these songs did NOT come out in the 1970s?

  • "The Payback"
  • "The Popcorn"
  • "Hot Pants"

What 1980 movie did James Brown appear in?

  • "Caddyshack"
  • "The Blues Brothers"
  • "The Shining"

What 1979 album featured "It's Too Funky in Here"?

  • "The Original Disco Man"
  • "People"
  • "Take a Look at Those Cakes"

Which James Brown song was featured prominently in "Rocky IV"?

  • "Stay With Me"
  • "Give Me Some Skin"
  • "Living in America"

What year was James Brown inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

  • 1986
  • 1988
  • 1990

What year was James Brown arrested for leading police on a car chase?

  • 1986
  • 1988
  • 1990

What did Brown name his 1998 album?

  • "I'm Real"
  • "Love Over-Due"
  • "I'm Back"

What year did Brown release his final studio album?

  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2006

What killed James Brown?

  • pneumonia
  • drugs
  • plane crash

How many times did Brown marry?

  • two
  • three
  • four

True or false: James Brown couldn't read sheet music.

  • true
  • false

How many Grammys did James Brown win?

  • one
  • three
  • five

What song won Brown his first Grammy?

  • "Living in America"
  • "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"
  • "Think"

How many children did James Brown have?

  • none
  • three
  • seven

Who did Brown leave the bulk of his fortune to in his will?

  • ex-wife
  • needy kids
  • his children

What is the name of the 2014 James Brown biopic?

  • "Get On Up"
  • "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"
  • "I Feel Good"