Brown, James Joseph Jr.
Born: May 03, 1933 AD
Died: 2006 AD, at 73 years of age.
1933 - James Joe Brown Jr. was born on May 3rd in Barnwell, South Carolina.
1956 - Brown sang lead and played drums; their song "Please, Please, Please" was released as a single and sold a million copies.
1960 - His group had become the James Brown Revue and was generating proto-funk dance hits like "(Do the) Mashed Potato".
1975 - The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) claimed that he owed $4.5 million in taxes, and many of his other investments collapsed.
1980 - Things improved slightly after Brown appeared as a preacher in the smash comedy film The Blues Brothers.
- The release of "Living in America," the theme from the film Rocky IV, which he performed at the request of movie star Sylvester Stallone.
1988 - In May, he faced charges of assault, weapons and drug possession, and resisting arrest.
- In December, he made national headlines when he was arrested again after leading police on a two-state car chase and was sentenced to six years in State Park Correctional Facility in Columbia, South Carolina.
1991 - His confinement became a political issue for his fans, and Brown was ultimately released.
1994 - In December, he was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after a confrontation with his third wife, Adrienne.
1995 - On the 31st of October, Brown was again arrested for spousal abuse.
1998 - He released the album "I'm Back".
2000 - He was inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame at a New York ceremony.
2001 - He married his girlfriend of three years, singer Tammie Rae Hynie.
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