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JAMES BROWN  5/31/28 – 12/25/06

James Brown was never part of a musical genre…he Was a musical genre! I remember seeing half of his incredible stage show at the Apollo theater back in the 50’s. His shows were always twice as long as anybody elses and I was too young to navigate through the streets of Harlem or travel back to the Bronx on the subways alone after dark. I had to miss half the show…but I still felt all the excitement!

Although I’m African-American, his early records were somewhat of a mystery to me. His lengthy sparse tracks, which consisted of few lyrics on a bed of complex African and Latin rhythms, punctuated by horns, yells, and grunts were embraced only by Blacks initially. Over the years, not only was his influence felt on Pop, Disco, Hip-Hop and Rap, but his “ahead of their time” tracks were sampled over and over again!

He was one of the first Black artists to have the power to release anything he wanted and was on the forefont of the civil rights movement with songs like, ” Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud! ” He was also one of the first to make us pay attention to Women’s rights with, “It’s A Man’s World.” I’m sure that everytime Christmas comes around, I’ll not only remember the Birth of a Prince, but the passing of a King!

James Brown R.I.P. Rock In Perpetuity

Respectfully, Artie Wayne

Copyright 2006 by Artie Wayne

See James Brown performing “Cold Sweat” on Soul Train http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2466750706053376295&q=james+brown+videos&hl=en

A short clip of James Brown being given a cape and escorted off stage http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7963982752168652171&q=james+brown+videos&hl=en

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