Happy Birthday James Brown!

On May 3, 1933, James Joseph Brown, Jr. was born in a wooden shack in Barnwell, South Carolina. From these humble beginnings, the baby grew into a boy winning talent shows and then eventually into The Godfather of Soul we all know.

One of my favorite albums is James Brown‘s 1963 Live at the Apollo CD, and one of my favorite tracks on that album is “Try Me.” In the video below from the Live In Montreux 1981 DVD, Brown shows that he can not only make us dance, he can make us cry. Check it out.

Happy birthday Mr. Dynamite.

What is your favorite James Brown recording? Leave your two cents in the comments.

  • James Brown Records Live at the Apollo: Oct. 24, 1962
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