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James Brown's first appearance on Letterman

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Big_Bend, Feb 18, 2021.

  1. Big_Bend

    Big_Bend Poster Extraordinaire

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    Last night Joe Bonamassa had Paul Shaffer on as his guest, another wonderful interview in Nerdville -



    At 30:48 Joe asked Paul of all the hundreds and hundreds of musical guests, who stood out the most. Paul replied that James Brown's first appearance on Letterman was very special. I looked it up - holy moly!!



    Truly the hardest working man in show business and the Godfather of Soul! You could tell the Letterman band was just totally enjoying this one.. for the ages.
     
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    Incredible.

    Edit: The interview is great too!
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    He's the master. The soul shaman. He radiates power.

    Sex Machine is the most dangerous song a soul band can play. It has to be played with precision by every musician, every note, every rest. An 8th note has to be an 8th note. On the beat with no swing from anyone. The recorded versions start cold with a 9 note break, have a similar 7 note break just past the middle, and end with a dead stop after a similar 5 note break. This arrangement was adjusted to suit the band, but they do a fabulous job of it.

    They aren't making any more James Browns, which is a damn shame. I think he's the equal to the Beatles in his ability to change pop music to accomodate his musical vision. When the Beatles changed, pop music changed to match that pretty quickly. When James Brown changed, pop music changed too, but the uptake was slower.

    His idea to close the show with I Got The Feeling is perfect. Send 'em out the door after revving them up.

    A double-CD of his greatest hits from the 50s through the 60s is in regular rotation in my dish-washing music. That's not faint praise.
     
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    There's a great documentary, "Mr. Dynamite" that's worth checking out. It's on Amazon Prime, probably on YT as well. It's a great story...and thankfully does not cover the last decade of his life, just a brief mention.
    The guy was driven to say the least.
     
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    archetype Fiend of Leo's

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    He was an unmatched, brilliant, flawed, lunatic. And that's not faint praise, either. :twisted:
     
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    James Brown>The Beatles and The Stones.

    Not the greatest human being but damn son, the music is irreplaceable.
     
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    Thanks! Nice to see the late great Hiram Bullock on guitar too!
     
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    DAYUM! I think I am going to go to the BRIDGE!
     
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    And I was years late to the party on this, but if you haven't seen Get On Up with Chadwick Boseman yet, give it a watch; it's really great.
     
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    Was never my cup of tea.... But the Eddie Murphy skit of James Brown, is now 99% more hilarious to me. :D
     
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