James Brown dancing doll
The James Brown dancing doll is a novelty doll based on the soul singer James Brown (1933 – 2006) which dances and sings at the push of a button.
James Brown, known as the ‘Godfather of Soul’, was a musician and performer whose career spanned more than 50 years. Beginning in 1955 with the group ‘The Gospel Starlighters’, Brown went on to create some of the most influential records of all time throughout the 1960s as he developed the ‘funk’ sound that is still recognisable today.
He later performed with his all-star band ‘The JBs’ throughout the 1970s, appeared in several films and continued to tour the world with various bands until 2006. Known as ‘The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business’, he performed live for the final time at the age of 73 just one month before his death in December 2006.
The Dancin’ Shoutin’ James Brown doll
The 18” doll depicts James brown in a similar manner to Bobblehead dolls, with an exaggerated over-sized head and small body. The doll wears black PVC trousers, black and white shoes, a black shirt and a brown waistcoat with the initials ‘J.B’ in white on the left hand breast.
The doll used synchro-motion technology so that when a button is pressed it plays 58 seconds of brown’s hit ‘I Feel Good’ and the doll dances in time to the music whilst its lips move in time with the words.
How much is a James Brown dancing doll worth?
Dancing James Brown dolls have appeared on a variety of television shows and are popular with collectors, although they have little or no rarity value as collector’s items due to their mass production.
Working examples can be purchased on auction sites such as eBay for between $10 - $20.