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James Brown Quotes


"James Brown died owing me $50,000. But I loved James Brown." - Don King

"James Brown is the reason I play guitar." - Kevin Eubanks

"I was a James Brown junkie as a kid." - La Reid

"You can't really dance properly to James Brown. If you dance to James Brown, you look like an idiot. There's a lot of jerking." - Sandra Bullock

"i like james patterson" - James Patterson

"James Brown lives, as long as someone steps out of their body and dances uncontrollably." - Al Sharpton

"I invented rock & roll. Jimi Hendrix was my guitar player. James Brown was my vocalist." - Little Richard

"Our immediate influence in b-boying was James Brown, point blank." - Crazy Legs

"When my woman kisses me I start dancing like James Brown. Ow! I Feel Good!" - Godfrey

"In '87, I used to do this awful, awful James Brown impression." - Wanda Sykes

"James Brown opened at least six of our House of Blues clubs. He always delivered, but he demanded the respect of an emperor. But, come on, he's James Brown ! ... I got to play on stage with him. Did he ever fine me ? (Brown was known to fine players for flubbing notes or steps) - I would have loved to have been fined by James Brown !" - Dan Aykroyd

"I've been to two stadium gigs in my life. One was James Brown and the other was Pink Floyd. They both sounded the same. I couldn't tell the difference between James Brown and Pink Floyd. I've never liked stadiums." - Boz Burrell

"...the people at large absolutely gave James Brown respect. He was an original like a Rembrandt or a Picasso" - Aretha Franklin

"James Brown and Frank Sinatra are two different quantities in the universe. They represent two different experiences of the world." - Amiri Baraka

"I'm not James Brown. I'm not Sam Cooke. I'm Charley Pride. I'm just me and that's what you got." - Charley Pride

"I grew in the inner city, listening to Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, James Brown, The Commodores - lots of soul music." - Stefon Harris

"I was never really that interested in the punk movement. I was a blues guy: I liked Motown, James Brown." - Gary Oldman

"It's like James Brown used to say... I don't know, but whatever I play it's got to be funky." - Curtis Jones

"I'm crazy about James Brown. I'm crazy about soul music. And then the blues. Rhythm and blues." - Bill Nighy

"I love Sly Stone and James Brown and Stevie Wonder, and I want my music to reflect some of that." - Al Jarreau

"The hardest thing about being James Brown is I have to live. I don't have no down time." - James Brown

"Brown shoes don't make it." - Frank Zappa

"Brown is a manly color" - Cassandra Clare

"When I first played New York, it was with James Brown at the Apollo, and I was playing in a band under the name The Valentinos. I remember Sam Cooke saying, 'I want you to go in there with James Brown. I couldn't be as hard on you as James Brown would be.' But we came out marching like soldiers." - Bobby Womack

"I've studied a lot of great people over the years - Pete Seeger, James Brown - and tried to incorporate elements that I've admired, though I can't say I dance like James." - John Fogerty

"I'm still James Johnson. Rick James is a stage name. James Johnson keeps Rick James on the ground... Kind of sort of." - Rick James

"I'm the fourth best James Bond." - Roger Moore

"The adorably rubber-faced Ken James Stewart is jumping ship from the Shaw Festival after five years to play Charlie Brown" - Richard Ouzounian

"As I always said, if people wanted to know who James Brown is, all they have to do is listen to my music." - James Brown

"You say 'African music' and you think 'tribal drumming.' But there's a lot of African music that's like James Brown, and a lot, too, that sounds very Hispanic." - Damian Marley

"James Brown is important because he decorates the clock correctly and he's good with lower mathematics. Don't get me wrong - he's good." - Captain Beefheart

"You want a hero in the music world? James Brown. He brought a feeling to music without really using words. He's just famous for his sound." - David Lee Roth

"Doing this James Brown thing for the last couple of days has been ideal. But it's a different kind of fun." - Jules Shear

"James Brown became my father. He would talk to me the way a father talked to a son. He became the father I never had." - Al Sharpton

"If it weren't for the mentorship and guidance from people like my mother, James Brown and others, I wouldn't have been able to make something of my life." - Al Sharpton

"James Brown is important because he decorates the clock correctly and he's good with lower mathematics. Don't get me wrong - he's good." - Don Van Vliet

"I love a good lyricist - always have. The thing that inspired me most was the different performers, like Tina Turner, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Madonna, even Janet Jackson." - Jennifer Lopez

"I named my new son James Joseph Brown II. I think he's going to be a lot better than I was." - James Brown

"There would be no Rock and Roll without Ike Turner, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Allen Toussaint, etc. Fake ghetto books and fake ghetto music. Elvis Presley, whom they idol, is merely a karaoke makeover of James Brown and Chuck Berry." - Ishmael Reed

"The work of Henry James has always seemed divisible by a simple dynastic arrangement into three reigns: James I, James II, and the Old Pretender." - Philip Guedalla

"James Taylor and God are the reasons I play music." - Garth Brooks

"Mel Gibson would not be a good James Bond" - Sophie Marceau

"The greatest all-around American film actor is James Stewart." - David Denby

"David James Elliott and I keep in touch via phone." - Patrick Labyorteaux

"James Garner is like a peaceful river through our chaos." - Kaley Cuoco

"The art gods cooked up something special for James Ensor." - Jerry Saltz

"I am a big devourer of James Baldwin." - Don Lemon

"I've never managed to get very far with Henry James." - Sarah Waters

"You could put Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley on one side of the stage, and James Brown on the other, and you wouldn't even notice the others were there!" - Bill Wyman

"America...Do not touch my TV, my DVD, my stereo, my dual-deck VCR. Do not touch my old school, my new school, my slow jams, my party jams, my happy rap, and you better not touch...My James Brown." - Bernie Mac

"Cardiff Stadium was a warm up for the 3 Hyde Park shows. James Brown opened. And I think it may be the only time we played Mini Epic live." - Chad Smith

"When we heard we were topping the bill over James Brown we couldn't believe it. We tried for two days to get it changed round - I mean you can't follow an act like that." - Mick Jagger

"My mom and dad would take me all over. One night we'd be at the Apollo watching James Brown, and then I'd be at the Joffrey Ballet. It was that kind of scene." - Lenny Kravitz

"Mrs. James, my fifth-grade teacher, introduced us to some of the great literature of African American culture. I won my first blue ribbon reciting the vernacular poems of Paul Lawrence Dunbar, in particular "Little Brown Baby."" - Michael Eric Dyson

"When Rolling Stone handed me this crazy assignment to be in the studio with James Brown, they had the misapprehension that I'd written for them already just because I claimed my character had." - Jonathan Lethem

"I think art can really serve to inspire a movement - and, of course, it has in the past. The Civil Rights movement wouldn't have the same resonance without the songs from everyone from Pete Seeger to Odetta to James Brown." - Saul Williams

"When you love a song so much you have to sing, you know how you feel - it releases something in you that resonates as true, whether it's James Brown or Joni Mitchell." - Bonnie Raitt

"Psy is fantastic. He's shifted the planet. He's got the whole world dancing. And it's a rarity in this world. Only four people made that happen in history - James Brown, Michael Jackson, yours truly and Psy." - Mc Hammer

"I've never seen a performer create electricity with an audience like James Brown. He's got everybody in his hands and whatever he wants to do with them, he does it. It's amazing. I've always thought he was underrated." - Michael Jackson

"James Brown was one of the first artists who found four bars that he liked and played them the entire way through, and then he just added to it vocally." - Brian Austin Green

"Charles and I are from Augusta, Ga. - so we come from James Brown territory, soul music and Motown. And Charles has always had a lot of Southern rock in there as well." - Dave Haywood

"I usually listen to various kind of singers. Curtis Mayfield was my favorite. James Brown, Tina Turner, queen of soul, I started to get that musical essence from that time before I even do my first song." - Burning Spear

"I used to break dance. I can do some good James Brown footwork. But now I think I've danced too much. My girlfriend made fun of me: 'Enough with the dancing.'" - Sam Rockwell

"Every James Brown cut makes a party get crazy. He's the god of all music. I always play different wild remixes of his songs because people start bugging out when they realise what I'm playing." - Afrika Bambaataa

"My dad was into the 1950s doo-wop era. If you look at those groups, or at James Brown, Jackie Wilson and the Temptations in the 1960s, you'll see you had to be sharp onstage." - Bruno Mars

"I think the best thing about being James Brown is looking at my little son. Hopefully I can make my son a role model to a lot of people." - James Brown

"But that kind of falls in line; when you think about it, James Brown was a funk minimalist. All of those parts create a sum that's larger than than the individual parts." - Charlie Hunter

"Boredom is the keynote of poverty ... it's dark brown sameness." - Moss Hart

"Brown people wouldn't speak to someone who was black." - Alex Haley

"Journalism consists largely in saying Lord James is dead to people who never knew Lord James was alive." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"Did John Brown fail? John Brown began the war that ended American slavery and made this a free Republic." - Frederick Douglass

"That Jim Brown. He says he isn't Superman. What he really means is that Superman isn't Jimmy Brown!" - Anonymous

"Blues artists now try and stay in a box. Back in the day at all the clubs you would see James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, The Isley Brothers, Little Richard and Etta James all play the same venues. It was a mix of funk, soul, blues and rock 'n' roll." - Phil Collen

"Michael Jackson loved studying the greats. He felt that they could only add to what he did naturally. He was absolutely right. I mean, he studied James Brown for years when he was 10 years old, because the Jackson 5 would open for James. He studied him. He studied Fred Astaire. He loved to watch Fred's movies." - Siedah Garrett

"Faithful continued prayer is one key to answered prayer. As James expresses it, "You do not have, because you do not ask God" (James 4:2)." - John F Walvoord

"Without wanting to claim that I'm really like James Bond I would certainly prefer to be thought of as closer to James Bond than Mr. Bean most definitely." - Rowan Atkinson

"I feel sorry for James Blunt, he has to wake up every morning and think 'Oh my God, I'm James Blunt, what have I done?" - Bill Bailey

"This is a film that really inhabits the proper world of James Bond. I mean, James Bond lives in a world that is violent and dangerous." - Timothy Dalton

"What my first son James did was allow me to care for something in this world when I couldn't care for myself. James saved my life." - Colin Farrell

"Brown for first course, white for pudding. Brown's savoury, white's the treat. Of course I'm the one who's laughing because I actually love brown toast." - Mark Corrigan

"Old Abram Brown is dead and gone, - You'll never see him more; He used to wear a long brown coat That buttoned down before." - James Orchard Halliwell

"I said to the brown, brown thrush: Hush, hush! Through the wood's full strains I hear Thy monotone deep and clear, Like a sound amid sounds most fine." - Dinah Craik

"Deep brown eyes running over with glee; Blue eyes are pale, and gray eyes are sober; Bonnie brown eyes are the eye's for me." - Constance Fenimore Woolson

"On the brilliance of James Brown's dancing ? and the frustrations of bad camera-work on dancers:cers: I think James Brown is a genius you know when he's with the Famous Flames, unbelievable. I used to watch him on television and I used to get angry at the camera-man because whenever he would really start to dance they would be on a close-up so I couldn't see his feet. I'd shout "Show him! Show him!", so I could watch and learn." - Michael Jackson

"Most importantly for me growing up, it was a spirituals, it was a gospels, it was James Cleveland, Aretha Franklin, Marion Williams; and then it was Curtis Mayfield - The Main Ingredient, The Whispers, Black Blue Magic, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross - that music helped me preserves my sanity, help me preserve whatever dignity I was able to preserve, helping to keep going. It was a source of tremendous strength in my life." - Cornel West

"On the brilliance of James Brown's dancing - and the frustrations of bad camera-work on dancers:cers: I think James Brown is a genius you know when he's with the Famous Flames, unbelievable. I used to watch him on television and I used to get angry at the camera-man because whenever he would really start to dance they would be on a close-up so I couldn't see his feet. I'd shout "Show him! Show him!", so I could watch and learn." - Michael Jackson

"Many people, including myself, thought of Jobs as an inventor, an Edison-like figure, but he wasn't. I did a documentary on James Brown recently; and, oddly, I found a lot in common between Jobs and Brown. Jobs was also a fantastic performer, put on an extraordinary live show at his product launches, but he could also be ruthless, cruel and totally self-aggrandizing. And just as Brown surrounded himself with the very best musicians, Jobs understood the importance of hiring the absolutely most talented people and knew how crucial they were to the success of what he was trying to do." - Alex Gibney

"But I also directed Jack Barrymore and Ronald Colman and James Stewart, to name a few." - George Cukor

"Mine's Bond - James Bond." - Ian Fleming

"Your life has more blue in it than a James Cameron movie." - Ron Currie Jr.

"Why don't you write books people can read?(to her husband James)" - Nora Barnacle

"The only good thing ever done by a committee was the King James version." - Rita Mae Brown

"I think I would be a good villain in a James Bond movie." - Werner Herzog

"There was another Cleveland rally [of Hillary Clinton] - this one with LeBron James." - Mara Liasson

"Congress can grant a waiver [for General James Mattis ] and has done that once in history." - Steve Inskeep

"General James Mattis is a storied and much-respected military leader." - Michele Flournoy

"[James Mattis] is a student of history. He's a strategic thinker." - Michele Flournoy

"James Blunt - who recently got voted more annoying than paper cuts." - Bill Bailey

"I'd be that James Bond character from the Beautyrest commercial that we did. Maybe some day." - Tom Brady

"The second host that I had was an actress I didn't know named Susan St. James." - Dick Ebersol

"I created Batman about 10 years before Ian Fleming created James Bond." - Bob Kane

"I myself am a great James Dean fan. He had this aura and enigma about him." - Ranbir Kapoor

"Mine's Bond - James Bond." - Ian Fleming

"I'm a huge LeBron James fan. I love The Heat. He's an incredible basketball player." - Ashley Bell

"I don't know how we had about eighteen international stars in it, all playing James Bond." - Val Guest

"The new critique you're gonna start hearing about James Franco, is 'He's spreading himself too thin.'" - James Franco

"I love James Taylor, Jeff Buckley, Elliott Smith and Nine Inch Nails." - Nat Wolff

"I cannot even remember a time before being conscious of James Bond." - Barbara Broccoli

"A James Cagney love scene is one where he lets the other guy live." - Bob Hope

"I'm not a star. I'll never be a Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley or a Ray Charles. I'm just an imitator, man. I'm doing a very bad imitation on the bass of Jerry Jemmott, Bernard Odum, Jimmy Fielder, Jimmy Blanton, Igor Stravinsky, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane, James Brown, Charlie Parker... the cats, man. I'm just backing up the cats." - Jaco Pastorius

"Tommy moved on. "Lash, your people have been oppressed for hundreds of years. It's time to strike back. Look, you don't have your MBA yet - they haven't completely juiced you of your usefulness yet. Would Martin Luther King back down from this challenge? Malcolm X? James Brown? Don't you have a dream? Don't you feel good, like you knew that you would, now?" - Christopher Moore

"James Brown, Ray Charles, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry and Little Richard - I think they had strong influences on a lot of people, because these were the guys who really got rock'n'roll going. I like to start with the origin of things, because once it gets along it changes. It's so interesting to see how it really was in the beginning." - Michael Jackson

"I used to enjoy all the white bands when I was a kid listening to the radio. But the record companies, they take music and label it - like, they say "rock". Because the white singers can't sound like James Brown, they call him "soul". They've been doing that for years. That's the prejudice crap." - Miles Davis

"It's bluesy, rocky jazz. I call it soul music, but it's not James Brown soul music. It comes from my soul. It comes from a deeper place. Duffy has that similar old school soul sound to herself. If I opened for Duffy, that would make sense to me, in my head." - Tinsel Korey

"Oh God almighty, another Detroit monster is Chad Smith of the Chili Peppers. Their music is intoxicating between Flea and Chad Smith. They're contemporary because they're still making good records, but I don't think there's anything new that has a groove and soulfulness. The Chili Peppers just stink of soul-and that's the ultimate compliment. They continue what James Brown created." - Ted Nugent

"What I like about Elvis is the same thing I like about James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince. These guys, back in the day, there was no smoke and mirrors. It was just raw talent. They would step out onstage and command an audience." - Bruno Mars

"Everything's stolen. Everything precious - be it a kiss, or be it James Brown - gets misappropriated to the aid of the advertising executives. So, an act of reclamation, somewhere else to be: that's what I want my music to be. Somewhere you can step into. A place." - David Gray

"You go through the Civil Rights struggle, everybody knew the songs - 'We shall overcome.' Everybody would sing it. Music helped us. James Brown, 'Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud.' They helped black people figure out how to navigate what was a very treacherous place in America for them." - Geoffrey Canada

"James Brown is the perfect example of flashy but classy. Classy doesn't have to mean boring. His gear was flamboyant but without being so over the top. The cape was probably the biggest part of his persona. He looked like Superman." - Mayer Hawthorne

"One night all the James Brown band was playing on stage and I look in the back and I could see Mick Jagger and Keith Richards trying to get in the club and they couldn't get in cause it was to crowded." - Tommy Chong

"What I like about Elvis is the same thing I like about James Brown, Michael Jackson, Prince. These guys, back in the day, there was no smoke and mirrors. It was just raw talent. They would step out onstage and command an audience. Talk about awesome." - Bruno Mars

"I felt Michael Jackson was inspired a little bit more from the elegance of a Fred Astaire. Michael loved Sammy Davis, Jr. and James Brown and Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. But he wasn't any of those people. To be inspired is one thing, but he made it all his own." - Kenny Ortega

"James Brown was my favorite, my absolute idol. Every time I played with him was like a music lesson, and I never thought I could be so funky! I mean, a white boy from Canada - a Jew - getting down with his funky bad self!" - Paul Shaffer

"Anyone who can do the splits and come back up on the backbeat, as James Brown and Prince can, has my eternal respect. Prince, who is a genius of the highest order, can come back up while singing and playing the guitar." - Bill Nighy

"In your city faded off the brown, NINO. She insists she got more class, WE KNOW." - Drake

"A bear! A bear! All black and brown and covered in hair!" - George R R Martin

"Will's hand looked brown and sunburnt by contrast, their fingers dovetailed together like piano keys." - Cassandra Clare

"Pieta Brown is a great singer/songwriter who possesses major star power magnetism." - Don Was

"There are two sides to a pancake. One is brown and fluffy; the other is burnt." - Bill Parcells

"Recognize joy when it arrives in the plain brown wrappings of everyday life." - Judith Viorst

"Most brown bread is merely white bread with a fake tan." - Joel Fuhrman

"Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Linus, Lucy... How can I ever forget them..." - Charles M Schulz

"I like that Sleepy Brown guy who's down with Andre. He's so great." - Eyedea

"It seems to me (said she) that you are in some brown study." - John Lyly

"Yes, but the people would prefer John A. drunk to George Brown sober." - John A. Macdonald

"Good grief, Charlie Brown!" - Charles M Schulz

"As for Gordon Brown - I've described him and Blair as two cheeks of the same arse." - George Galloway

"Beneath this slab John Brown is stowed. He watched the ads, And not the road." - Ogden Nash

"Such a blush In the midst of brown was born, Like red poppies grown with corn." - Thomas Hood

"My top three were Jim Brown, Wilt Chamberlain and Bo Jackson." - Dick Schaap

"I was a big J. Geils fan, a Steppenwolf fan and a Savoy Brown fan." - George Thorogood

"I saw myself the lambent easy light Gild the brown horror, and dispel the night." - John Dryden

"James Cameron doesn't do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is... James Cameron." - James Cameron

"I think I would be a good villain in a James Bond movie. They were fairly weak, the last half-dozen of villains in James Bond movies were not that convincing." - Werner Herzog

"James Bond is quite serious about his drinks and clothing and cigarettes and food and all that sort of thing. There is nothing wry or amused about James Bond." - Ken Follett

"Even the sky was grey. Grey and grey and greyer. The whole world grey, everywhere you look, everything grey except the eyes of the bride. The eyes of the bride were brown. Big and brown and full of fear." - George R R Martin

"I do not believe that Darren Wilson should've been charged, but Brown should not have lost his life. Brown and Trayvon Martin should've gotten their butts kicked badly. They should've been handled physically, but they should not have been killed." - Niger Innis

"Painting it was hard graft... in addition red, yellow, brown ochre, black, terra sienna, bistre, and the result is a red-brown that varies from bistre to deep wine-red and to pale, blond reddish..." - Vincent Van Gogh

"My teachers could have easily ridden with Jesse James for all the time they stole from me." - Richard Brautigan

"Go in peace, James Carstairs." - Cassandra Clare



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