The Official James Brown Channel Is On YouTube

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In a career that spanned six decades, James Brown profoundly influenced the development of many different musical genres.  For many years, Brown’s touring show was one of the most extravagant productions in American popular music. At the time of Brown’s death, his band included three guitarists, two bass guitar players, two drummers, three horns and a percussionist.  The bands that he maintained during the late 1960s and 1970s were of comparable size, and the bands also included a three-piece amplified string section that played during ballads.  Brown employed between 40 and 50 people for the James Brown Revue, and members of the revue traveled with him in a bus to cities and towns all over the country, performing upwards of 330 shows a year with almost all of the shows as one-nighters.   In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2000 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

James Brown is ranked seventh on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.”  Brown died on Christmas Day 2006 from heart failure.

James Brown Channel


7 Responses to “The Official James Brown Channel Is On YouTube”

  1. James Brown came out with “Say It Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud” at a time when many Black people did NOT embrace their Blackness, feeling less than because of that Blackness. Darker skinned Black people were looked at as less desirable by many Black people of any complexion. I am of a darker hue and felt great pride when James Brown made “Say It Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud”. What happened to that sense of pride among MANY Black people is what I’m wondering. Many Black people embrace the N word Ni**a/Ni**er and look at Black people if though WE ARE Ni**as/Ni**ers. Yelling foul play when white people use the word, but laugh and dance when comedians and people in the music industry use it in their lyrics. We are a people that were originally in America PHYSICALLY CHAINED, now we are a people in America that have MENTAL CHAINS that need to be removed. Love and Respect are similar in the aspect that if you don’t have it for yourself, YOU CAN’T EXPECT IT FROM ANYONE ELSE!

  2. Shavedude2 Says:

    I must agree with Lorenzo, I remember a time you would not walk pass another brother without an acknowledgement, a nod of the head, a “What’s up my brother”. Are some of us so blind as to think we have arrive, at what and to where I have not the faintest idea. Have we forgotten the lesson history has taught us? There’s only one club that we must support, and that club with its many sub-groups centers around our ethnicity. Only then, are we strong enough, imbue with universal power and force, that we can send one or two to the table to negotiate.

    James Brown, is part of a special group of legendaries. Interestingly, Michael Jackson is also part of that group, and both were very close. It was Michael, when James Brown was in need who showed up at his door. Not the usual list of suspects ” In fact you can call them prophets, who continue to bring a consciousnesses , an awareness of the history and value of self in their case through song. To a peoples caught in a web of subterfuge design to lead you to believe there is no such value.

    Thanks for the opportunity for expression!

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