However, Brown, like others who were influenced by his music, also "borrowed" from other musicians.
His 1976 single "Hot" (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)" (R&B #31) borrowed the main ] (2006). Retrieved January 9, 2007.] Brown's Polydor recordings during the 1970s exemplified his innovations from the previous twenty years.
While the albums "Mutha's Nature" (1977) and "Jam 1980s" (1978) did not generate chart hits, Brown's 1979 LP "The Original Disco Man" was a notable late addition to his oeuvre.Retrieved February 25, 2007.] Its release also triggered a legal battle between Smash and King that resulted in a one year ban on the release of Brown's vocal recordings. Those same tracks were later resurrected by countless hip-hop musicians from the 1970s onward.[ [", both from 1965, were his first Top 10 pop hits, as well as major #1 R&B hits, with each remaining the top-selling singles in black venues for over a month. As a result, James Brown remains to this day the world's most sampled recording artist, with "Funky Drummer" itself becoming the most sampled individual piece of music. During this period, Brown's music empire also expanded along with his influence on the music scene.Dynamite", "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business", "Minister of The New New Super Heavy Funk", "Mr. Retrieved January 12, 2007 from the Biography Resource Center database.] As a young child, Brown was known to his family as "Junior", and he was also known as "Little Junior" when he later lived with his aunt and cousin, since his cousin's nickname was also Junior.] "The New Yorker". The group made their own instruments for their performances, which included a paper-and-comb "harmonica", a "drum set" made of lard tins and a "bass" made of a broomstick and washtub. The single was a #5 R&B hit, selling over a million copies.Please Please Please Please Her", "The Boss" and foremost "the Godfather of Soul". Retrieved January 12, 2007.] After his mother left the family, Brown continued to live with his father and his live-in girlfriends until he was six years old. His adopted son, Jon White, of Memphis, Tennessee, says his Dad has come a long way since those dark days of his youth. Retrieved January 28, 2007.] During his childhood, Brown earned money shining shoes, sweeping out stores, selling and trading in old stamps, washing cars and dishes and singing in talent contests.] Voice of America. Byrd's family helped Brown secure an early release after serving only three years of his sentence. Nine subsequent singles released by The Flames failed to live up to the success of their debut, and group was in danger of being dropped by King Records.