Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Say It Loud
"The Hardest Working Man in Show Business"
"Soul Brother #1"
Wow - Just this weekend we were hanging out with Chris and Glenn, listening to this and talking about what a great showman James Brown was.
His influence was inescapable. Once you listen to and absorb James Brown, you can hear him everywhere. There would be no Funk without him. He embodied Soul music. Bands like P-Funk, Sly and The Family Stone and countless others wouldn't even exist if it wasn't for him. Even today he's one of the most sampled artists in all of hip-hop and rap. Hell...Michael Jackson even stole most of his dance moves.
Yeah - His life turned into a bit of a mess at times, but musically, he had very few peers.
Everybody should own his "20 All-Time Greatest Hits". It's guaranteed to make even your jaded, cranky, old grandmother get up and shake her ass.
"Jump back - I wanna kiss myself - Good Gawd!"
James Brown 1933-2006