Soul Brother Number One. Mr. Dynamite. The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business. Minister of The New New Super Heavy Funk. The Godfather of Soul. We lost James Brown on Christmas Day, 2006, and this quiz is a tribute to the man who, more than anyone, helped to popularize soul and funk music. Do you see the light?
1. In what state was James Brown born?
2. What was the name of his early backup band?
3. What was his first hit on the R&B charts, from 1956?
4. This 50s-styled song was James Brown's first R&B Number One hit, from 1959.
5. This 1963 James Brown live album is still considered one of the best concert albums ever recorded.
6. How come "it ain't no drag?
7. What song, used ad nauseam in commercials and movie trailers, is James Brown's highest charting song on the Hot 100, peaking at Number 3?
8. What item of clothing was often featured prominently in James Brown's live shows?
9. Say it loud - what?
10. "Fellas, I'm ready to get up and do my thing (yeah go ahead!)/I wanta get into it, man, you know (go ahead!)/Like a, like a" what?
11. What food item dance did James Brown have two hits with in the early 70s?
12. What three groups did James Brown name-check in his 1976 hit "Get Up Offa That Thing?"
13. My introduction to James Brown was his role as a Baptist preacher in what 1980 musical movie?
14. What song did James Brown sing in the movie "Rocky IV?"
15. En Vogue's 1992 hit "My Lovin' (You're Never Gonna Get It)" samples what James Brown song?
16. James Brown received what national honor on December 7, 2003?
17. What strange entertainer, who was greatly influenced by James Brown, spoke at his memorial service on January 1, 2007?
Bonus: What is now ironic about James Brown's 1974 hit "Funky President (People It's Bad)?"