Skip to comments.James Brown’s Birthday Special: Top 5 Songs of the Godfather of Soul Music!
Posted on 05/03/2014 5:48:18 PM PDT by nickcarraway
James Brown has been accredited for being one of the founding fathers of the funk music. Born on May 3, 1933, in Barnwell, South Carolina, Brown first stepped into music by performing in talent shows as a young kid. His first appearance was at Augustas Lenox Theater in 1944. After that, he continued to perform and record for the duration of his life until his death in 2006 from congestive heart failure and pneumonia.
Here is a list of the top 5 songs made by the great artist, James Brown:-
I Got You (I Feel Good)
This song was recorded and released as a single in 1965. The lyrics can be seen as Brown expressing as to how good he feels now that he has the one he loves. The song also includes an alto sax solo by Maceo Parker. I Got You (I Feel Good) is Browns highest-charting song. This song is made even more popular by being featured in several movies and sporting events. The song has also been covered many times by other performers.
Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine
This funky number was initially released as a two-part single in 1970 with Bobby Byrd on backing vocals. This song remained a staple of Browns concert performances until the end of his career. Many recordings and versions were made of this piece but the original version remains the best.
I Got the Feelin
Another funk song by James Brown, I Got the Feelin was released as a single in 1968. It reached #1 on the R&B chart and #6 on the pop chart. Even a 10 year old Michael Jackson was seen mimicking James Browns performance of this song at an audition.
Co-written by producer Brown and Ellis, Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me) stayed at number one R&B for two weeks, going to number 11 pop in summer 1969.
Give It Up or Turnit a Loose
This song was recorded in 1968 at Criteria Studios in Miami. It had held the R&B top spot for two weeks and hit number 15 pop in spring of 1969.
Having been ranked as number one in The Top 500 Artists list, James Brown has given us a lot to thank him for. He still lives on in our hearts through his beautiful music.
Try Me was one of his best.
G R A V I T Y the big G
My favorite is “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”. (1966)
Living In America http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHqUipinDyw
I agree with you - have you ever seen this:
I read that was Michael Jackson’s favorite song.
McInyyre played an interview with James Brown and Barbara Walters the other day that was hilarious. He kept singing over her and avoiding any loaded questions.
It was decades ago. On YouTube.
Love it - James could give some lessons to the self-destructing Repubs out there blowing every interview right and left. )
Please, Please, Please.
The extended version of "Funky Drummer" from the collection In the Jungle Groove.
Also "Soul Power" and "Funky President (People It's Bad)."
This is a Man’s World....
James Brown was OK I guess, but I prefer the Flying Lizards’ cover of ‘Sex Machine”:
“James Brown has been accredited for being one of the founding fathers of the funk music.”
James was also the founding father of about 18 illegitimate kids.
Way back in my days as a touring musician, one of our bus drivers had previously driven for James Brown. Cool guy.
You don’t have any hobbies?
I was fortunate enough to see the GFOS live in concert at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, AK in late 1976. Unusual venue but a fantastic show. He was in his prime. I’ll never forget that one.
LOL. That’s an expensive hobby. Especially when the wimmen come after you looking for a paycheck
Good stuff Nick....The bass in ‘Mother Popcorn’ is excellent!!
Mashed Potatoes--Nat Kendricks & the Swans (1960)