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?
True or false: James Brown grew up in a brothel.
True or false: James Brown's childhood was spent in poverty.
Why was Brown kicked out of school at age 12?
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?
"I Want You So Bad"
True or false: James Brown rarely performed live during the early years of his career.
What year did James Brown record his famous album "Live at the Apollo"?
True or false: "Live at the Apollo" was a smash hit.
What year did Brown release "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"?
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?
Which of these songs did NOT come out in the 1970s?
What 1980 movie did James Brown appear in?
"The Blues Brothers"
What 1979 album featured "It's Too Funky in Here"?
"The Original Disco Man"
"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?
What year was James Brown arrested for leading police on a car chase?
What did Brown name his 1998 album?
What year did Brown release his final studio album?
What killed James Brown?
How many times did Brown marry?
True or false: James Brown couldn't read sheet music.
How many Grammys did James Brown win?
What song won Brown his first Grammy?
"Living in America"
"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"
How many children did James Brown have?
Who did Brown leave the bulk of his fortune to in his will?