Remix 2019: Bootmasters & Visioneight Basshouse Alive RMX - "James Brown Is Dead" is a song by Dutch electronic dance music duo L.A. Style. It was released in August 1991 as the lead single from their debut album. The song was a major hit across Europe, reaching number-one in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain. The song also reached the top 10 in Australia, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland. It also peaked at number 59 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.