Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Soul Brother Number 1 - Gone to God!

In 1965 or so I was just a teenager. I had a keen interest in music and I was already sick to death of hearing the Beatles non-stop on commercial radio. My music was shaped by the late night AM skip that brought US based mega-stations north after about 11:00 pm. These stations had character and late night DJs that knew music. They were located in Detroit and Chicago and New York. They were Big and They were BAD.
They played all sorts of stuff that NEVER made the daytime playlists ( in Canada anyway ) and one of the most memorable was WABC from NewYork City.

The Swingin' Night Walker ... Ron Lundy ... came on at midnight Eastern time and brought the very best of R&B and Soul music. I will never forget the first time I heard him spin James Brown's version of Kansas City...Kaboom! With a one bar lead in from the horns The baseline hits on the one and the rest of rythm section picks it up .... a hard driving romp that ROCKs ... James Brown and the Famous Flames Kicking ASS with the BIG BEAT! This was no group of artsy little choirboys with teddy bear cuddle appeal for gum chomping little girls. This was hard edged, sweaty, sex music ..... all the stuff that those bible thumpin' Baptists and such were ranting about ...... bringing down the morals of society and taking impressionable youth onto the path of ruin. James Brown was called many things in the day but I know that what he was in reality was the MAN ...... the guy all the other music frontmen wanted to be or tried to be.


Date of Birth: May 3, 1933
Place of Birth: Macon, GA, USA
Sign: Sun in Taurus, Moon in Leo
Education: Alto Reform School
Relations: Wife: Adrienne Brown (deceased); companion: Rolonda Watts; kids: Deanna, Terry, Daryl, Venisha,Yamma
James Brown dies : Dec 25, 2006
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Absolute best release ever - James Brown Live at the Apollo Part1
Where ..... he takes Frank Sinatra to the mat with his cover of That's Life ...... destroys all innocence with Kansas City .... Builds the all time Killer King of R&B grooves with let Yourself Go \ There Was A Time / I feel All Right and hammerin' the nail home with Cold Sweat!

James Brown - Taking it down and bringin' it up to Heaven!

"If it's all night it's ALL right!"

Peace James


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Blogger Fergy said...

Nice to hear some memories about the music.
I'm sick at the number of people deifying him, he certainly doesn't deserve that.
But the music... man he was probably the hardest working most energizing artist out there.

12/27/2006 1:22 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Yes he was........

12/27/2006 2:05 p.m.  

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