Monday, December 04, 2006
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST song of the day
Artist:James Brown & His Famous Flames
Song:Please, Please, Please
Album:Please, Please, Please
There's not much question of James Brown's influence on today's hip hop artists. He's probably sampled more than anyone. James Brown is the link between 50s R & B and what would become funk music. Please, Please, Please was his first big hit in 1956 and this was his first album. It just gave us a taste of what he could do and it's a classic 50s R & B song. Brown wrote the song with fellow Flame Johnny Terry. I highly recommend the 4CD box set Star Time for a complete overview of his music. These days James Brown is more famous for his run ins with the law. Not surprising considering he spent time in jail for armed robbery in the 40s. Fortunately singer Bobby Byrd took a liking to him and the rest is pop music history. Here's a video of James Brown performing It's A Mans Mans Mans Mans World around 1970.