James Brown Similar Artists

The JB's - 84% match to James Brown

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
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Fred Wesley - 71% match to James Brown

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1990s 2000s
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4 July 1943, Mobile, Alabama, USA. Although Wesley joined the James Brown revue in 1968, in keeping with several of the soul star’s accompanists, this accomplished trombonist has left and rejoined on several occasions. In 1970, Brown pushed Wesley to the forefront of a new, crisper JB’s, who made their recording debut the following year with ‘Hot Pants’. Read more

Sly & The Family Stone - 65% match to James Brown

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This highly influential US band was formed in San Francisco, California, in 1967 by brothers Sly Stone (Sylvester Stewart, 15 March 1943, Denton, Texas, USA) and Freddie Stone (b. Frederick Stewart, 5 June 1946, Vallejo, California, USA; guitar), with Cynthia Robinson (b. 12 January 1946, Sacramento, California, USA; trumpet), Jerry Martini (b. 1 October 1943, Colorado, USA; Read more

Lyn Collins - 55% match to James Brown

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
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Curtis Mayfield - 49% match to James Brown

Genres: Christian & Gospel Electronic & Ambient Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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3 June 1942, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 26 December 1999, Roswell, Georgia, USA. As songwriter and vocalist with the Impressions, Mayfield established an early reputation as one of soul music’s most intuitive talents. In the decade between 1961 and 1971, he penned a succession of exemplary singles for his group, including ‘Gypsy Woman’ (1961), ‘It’s Read more

The Meters - 49% match to James Brown

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This fundamental quartet, Art Neville (Arthur Lanon Neville, 17 December 1937, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; keyboards), Leo Nocentelli (guitar), George Porter Jnr. (b. 26 December 1947, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; bass) and Joseph ‘Zigaboo/Ziggy’ Modeliste (drums), came together during informal sessions held in various New Orleans nightclubs. Initially known as Ar Read more

Funkadelic - 47% match to James Brown

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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George Clinton (22 July 1940, Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA), established this inventive, experimental group out of the 1969 line-up of his doo-wop vocal outfit the Parliaments - Raymond Davis (b. 29 March 1940, Sumter, South Carolina, USA, d. 5 July 2005, New Brunswick, USA), Grady Thomas (b. 5 January 1941, Newark, New Jersey, USA), Calvin Simon (b. 22 May 1942, Beckley Read more

Marvin Gaye - 47% match to James Brown

Genres: Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Marvin Pentz Gay Jnr., 2 April 1939, Washington, DC, USA, d. 1 April 1984, Los Angeles, California, USA. Gaye was named after his father, a minister in the Apostolic Church. The spiritual influence of his early years played a formative role in his musical career, particularly from the 70s onwards, when his songwriting shifted back and forth between secular and religious topi Read more

Bar-Kays - 46% match to James Brown

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Memphis, Tennessee, USA by Jimmy King (1949, d. 10 December 1967; guitar), Ronnie Caldwell (b. 1948, d. 10 December 1967; organ), Phalon Jones (b. 1949, d. 10 December 1967; saxophone), Ben Cauley (trumpet), James Alexander (bass) and Carl Cunningham (b. 1949, d. 10 December 1967; drums) were originally known as the River Arrows. Signed to Stax Records, the Bar-Kay Read more

Ohio Players - 46% match to James Brown

Genres: Funk R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Formed in Dayton, Ohio, USA, this multi-talented unit originated from four members of the Ohio Untouchables, saxophonists Ralph ‘Pee Wee’ Middlebrooks and Clarence ‘Satch’ Satchell, bass player Marshall Jones and guitarist Leroy ‘Sugarfoot’ Bonner. The Ohio Untouchables forged a reputation as a powerful instrumental group by providing the backing t Read more

Joe Tex - 43% match to James Brown

Genres: Easy Listening Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Joseph Arrington Jnr., 8 August 1933, Rogers, Texas, USA, d. 13 August 1982, Navasota, Texas, USA. The professional career of this popular singer began onstage at the Apollo. He won first place in a 1954 talent contest and duly secured a record deal. Releases on King Records, Ace Records and the Anna labels were derivative and disappointing, but Tex meanwhile honed his songw Read more

Wilson Pickett - 43% match to James Brown

Genres: Easy Listening Jazz Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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18 March 1941, Prattville, Alabama, USA, d. 19 January 2006, Reston, Virginia, USA. The ‘wicked Pickett’ was one of the great southern soul singers to emerge during the 60s. Pickett moved to Detroit, Michigan in his early teens. He joined gospel group the Violinaires and embarked on church tours throughout North America. In his late teens he graduated to secular mu Read more

Isaac Hayes - 41% match to James Brown

Genres: Disco Funk Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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20 August 1942, Covington, Tennessee, USA d. 10 August 2008, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Hayes’ formative years were spent playing piano and organ in various Memphis clubs. He fronted several groups, including Sir Isaac And The Doo-dads, the Teen Tones and Sir Calvin And His Swinging Cats, and recorded a handful of rudimentary singles. However, it was not until 1964 that h Read more

The Isley Brothers - 40% match to James Brown

Genres: Funk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Three brothers, O’Kelly (25 December 1937, d. 31 March 1986), Rudolph (b. 1 April 1939) and Ronald Isley (b. 21 May 1941), began singing gospel in their home-town of Cincinnati, USA, in the early 50s, accompanied by their brother Vernon, who died in a car crash around 1957. Moving to New York the following year, the trio issued one-off singles before being signed by the Read more

Bobby Womack - 39% match to James Brown

Genres: Music Videos & Concerts R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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4 March 1944, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. A founder member of the Valentinos, this accomplished musician also worked as a guitarist in Sam Cooke’s touring band. He scandalized the music fraternity by marrying Barbara Campbell, Cooke’s widow, barely three months after the ill-fated singer’s death. Womack’s early solo singles, ‘Nothing You Can Do’ and t Read more


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