Years after his death, and 40+ years after his peak, James Brown’s music lives on because it’s timeless. His music is deep, soulful, and touches people profoundly…regardless of color or culture.
When I’m feeling low, I put on some James Brown and he lifts my spirits. When I need to get fired up, the Funk gives me energy — “soul power”.
James Brown’s music still has this effect on millions of people worldwide. That’s why he’s still popular today. His music has influenced musicians all over the world for 50 years, and will keep on effecting people!
Read this article for more on the James Brown movie, and HBO documentary. Listen to & follow an epic Spotify playlist with 4+ hours of my favorite James Brown Funk songs.
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James Brown — The Hardest Working Man In Show Business
It was interesting to see how Bobby Byrd played such an integral role in the formation of James Brown the legend. And, that Bobby Byrd never really got credit for that. So, it was nice to see that Get On Up gave him the recognition he deserved for the vital work he did.
Mick Jagger was the executive producer for the James Brown movie, and HBO’s superb documentary. James Brown had a profound influence on Mick Jagger, and I’m sure he hasn’t forgotten Mr. Brown. Both movies touch on the fact that Mick learned his best moves from “the hardest working man in show business.”
James Brown was mad that he got bumped to opening act for the little known Rolling Stones that night. Meanwhile, the Stones were scared to death to have to follow a whirlwind like James Brown.
But, at least Mick Jagger saw & learned how to really dance. Watch Mr Dynamite on HBO to learn the details from Mick.
The documentary is even better than the movie because they interview Maceo & Melvin Parker for some great stories, as well as other great soul brothers. Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Jabo Starks, Clyde Stubblefield, and others tell tales from the early days.
The Bootsy Collins interview is classic! He recounts an important new chapter in James Brown’s music with the new band, and the birth of the real heavy Funk after James Brown hired Bootsy on bass, and his brother Phelps “Catfish” Collins on funky rhythm guitar.
Clyde Stubblefield has a great story about how he hates the song “Funky Drummer.” Oddly enough, that was the worst selling single ever for James Brown.
He made Clyde & the band go into the studio to record after midnight once in Cincinnati. Mr. Brown said he had an idea, but Clyde was mad & tired.
He just played a simple rhythm, which became “Funky Drummer.” No one paid any attention to that song until Hip-Hop DJs in the 80s resurrected it for its break.
I can thank James Brown for deepening & broadening my musical horizons. James Brown’s music has indeed funkified my life!
What about you? Let us know in the comments below…
“I got ants in my pants & I need to dance…”