Who he? He is the Godfather of Soul! Brown was indirectly responsible for many pregnancies thanks to his smooth vocals, towering stage presence and legendary status. After a poor, troubled youth (including a stint in prison), he became a gospel singer and was part of various groups including The Famous Flames before evolving into a solo artist whose live shows are still spoken of in hushed terms. You know he’s good because he appears in The Blues Brothers, where as Reverend Cleophus James he sets the pair on their mission from God.
Name those tunes! So many. ‘Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine’, ‘I Got You’, ‘The Payback’, ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’…
Fun film facts Get On Up, a biopic of Brown starring 42’s Chadwick Boseman, is now in post-production. It will focus on his rise from poverty to superstardom, and his turbulent early family life. Directed by The Help’s Tate Taylor, it also features Nelsan Ellis, Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd and Lennie James.