James Brown's Height
5ft 5 (165.1 cm)
US Rocker. Had a penchant for heels, and has been described as tall as "5ft 7" in a 1988 Miami Herald.
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Average Guess (11 Votes)
5ft 5.32in (165.9cm)
Connor Armstrong said on 18/Jul/20
I heard he was 6'3
Miss Sandy Cowell said on 3/May/20
James Brown, dubbed The Godfather of Soul, was born 87 years ago today.
1933 - 2006 🕯️
Robert L. Ligans Sr. said on 29/Mar/19
Only saw the man once at a concert in Dallas Texas. Amazing performer he will be truly missed.
Tall Sam said on 17/Oct/18
I bet he could've hit 5'7", his license height, while standing in his big heels.
said on 27/Aug/18
Rob, My mom who is 5'5.5 met James Brown back in 1988. Neither of them had heals on and they were the exact same height.
That figure isn't exactly impossible for Brown, I suppose he might have measured over 5ft 5.
said on 11/Jun/18
Tom segura brought me here:
yeah, back in 2007 there was a shooting over his height. Crazy really!
Arch Stanton said on 24/Jun/17
Wore BIG heels and still way shorter than a barefoot Joss Stone. This is the most he could have been IMO though in 2005 he might have lost some height.
Robby D said on 27/Jan/16
Never over 5' 6" and you don't get measured for a driver's license, I think Frank Sinatra's driver's license said he was 5' 11" which we know is ridiculous.
said on 8/Oct/15
He was 5,7 when he was measured in his driver's license
I would say 169 cm peak
Sam said on 19/Aug/15
Rob, is there a chance he could have been 5'6" or somewhere near that?
Tr27 said on 11/Aug/15
james said on 8/Mar/15
Always thought he was 5'8 ..5'5 Wow
jtm said on 6/Jul/11
5'5 is a better listing.
leonari said on 6/Jul/11
Another great downgrade Rob! The man was kinda short and loved his heels...
said on 5/Jul/11
What constituted the downgrade from 5'6", Rob? A quote?
[Editor Rob: I'm not sure.]
DontCare said on 9/Jun/11
That sounds about right. Although I wouldn't say the Chilli Peppers consists of short musicians. Average height for white males in the US is Anywhere from 5'8" to 5'11".
If you add all their heights together and divide it by 4 it comes out to 5'9.5". That's how averages are done. So in at least two senses, they're a band of "average" height. 2 of them members are within the average, and if you add and divide the height you get is average.
So basically, the human average is: "Takes all kinds".
Anyway, back on point: James Brown is a badass, and he'd look kind of silly doing what he does at 6'2". The man was three pints of pure power!
SILKMAN said on 5/May/11
I met him in 1983 when he was in Chicago and he visited the Bank where I worked. I'm 5'10" as I was then. He was no more than 5'8". Can't remember if his shoes had heavy heels. Very quiet spoken guy for such a powerful singer.
Paul 178cm said on 24/Aug/08
Didn't realise the funk soul brother was this short. RIP James. Go on youtube and search for 'Eddie Murphy James Brown Impression' if you want to be in tears of laughter.
said on 11/Jan/07
Look out a man shot shot a man in Alabama after they got in an arguement over JB's height.
[Editor Rob: crikey, Article.]
Glenn said on 1/Jan/07
Yes,10 weeks tops.the sweetest he ever was to me.
Glenn said on 30/Dec/06
I was devastated cause I was talking to him 2 months ago.
Chris said on 29/Dec/06
Damn! A real pity. James Brown was great.
MHouillon said on 29/Dec/06
Rest in peace, James. You were great 2004 in your Hamburg Open Air concert.
Have fun with Otis, Wilson, Elvis, Buddy, Roy and the other legends that you were during your lifetime. Marco
Franco said on 16/Nov/06
did you make the picture of James in a ghetto? YO MAMA YO lol
very cool pic. 1.68? i believe you.
Glenn said on 18/Jan/06
kneeling and he has heels on.
Colt said on 17/Dec/05
Yes he's 5'6" maybe a little less but not much.
JUSTMATT said on 3/Oct/05
He is shorter than Bono so he is probably max 165!