Birth Name: James Joseph Brown, Jr.
Date of Birth: May 3, 1933
Place of Birth: Barnwell, South Carolina, U.S.
Date of Death: December 25, 2006
Place of Death: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
James Brown was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer, and bandleader. He was known as “The Godfather of Soul.” James’s parents, Susie (Behling) and Joseph “Joe” Gardner Brown, were both African-American.
James had said that his father was born under the name Joe Gardner, and later took on the surname Brown after a woman who had helped raise him, Mattie Brown.
James had stated that his paternal grandfather was “pure Indian, a Cherokee,” and that his mother’s ancestry had a “strong Asian element and some American Indian.” James had stated that his maternal grandfather was “highly Asian,” and that his maternal grandmother’s mother was “almost a full-blooded American Indian.” It is not clear if these claims of Native American and Asian ancestry have been verified/documented.
James had at least nine children. He was married to Velma Warren, Deidre “Deedee” Jenkins, Adrienne Lois Rodriguez (until her death), and to singer Tomi Rae Hynie.
James’s maternal grandfather was named Monnie/Mony/Monroe Behling (the son of Stephen Behling and Sarah). Monnie was born in South Carolina. Stephen was the son of Moses Behling and Charlotte Williams.
James’s maternal grandmother was Rebecca “Becca” Bryant (the daughter of Perry Bryant and Susan Carter). Rebecca was born in South Carolina.
Sources: Genealogy of James Brown – http://genealogy.about.com
Genealogies of James Brown (focusing on his mother’s side) – https://www.findagrave.com
James’s statements about his ancestry – http://www.worldcat.org
Stephen Behling was the son of Moses Behling and Charlotte Williams
He claimed a lot of shit over the years. If he was so asian or indian why the black and proud song? Lol
Because “black” is a social cultural term even though many have multi ethnic ancestry.
Even by the usual standards, James Brown’s tales of his ancestry are fantastical.
Their is a picture of James Brown’s father out here on the web. He looked pretty Native American to me…at least mostly Native. His mom is a question mark.
He is part Apache it is confirmed by Wikipedia and rolling stone magazine
I couldn’t confirm this when I did the profile,but james could also be part Apache
You are wrong James Brown is part asian his mother is part asian DUH
Well if that’s the case provide the source so it can be add,instead of what you did
first i heard of it.
Yeah me to