JAMES BROWN

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      James Brown Pays Respect to Martin Luther King, Jr. Live at the Boston Garden. April 5, 1968. 01:32

      James Brown Pays Respect to Martin Luther King, Jr. Live at the Boston Garden. April 5, 1968.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 484 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features James Brown paying respect to Martin Luther King, Jr. at the beginning of his live concert at the Boston Garden, April 5, 1968. The clip features discussion on James Brown's motivation to perform the night after Dr. King's assassination by James Earl Ray and the risk he was taking going onstage. In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on April 4, 1968, rioting broke out in cities across the country. James Brown had been scheduled to perform at the Boston Garden on April 5th. Boston Mayor Kevin White had initially wanted to cancel all public events, including James Brown's show. As there was concern that the cancellation of the show might cause an escalation of the crisis. it was agreed that James Brown's show would go on. The show, one of the greatest in Boston's history, went on and the city of Boston remained relatively calm. James Brown consoled his mourning audience, dedicated the show to the memory of Dr. King and was instrumental in keeping the peace on the streets of Boston. Fans rushed the stage in the middle of live performance and the police moved onstage to remove them. James Brown stood between the police and the stage crashers and immediately took control of what could have been a riotous moment in light of the raw emotions of the Black community and the tenuous relationship with the police. James Brown addresses the audience asking if he can finish the show, with the infamous words, "We are Black. Don't make us all look bad." He was asking for "respect from my own people." Video transcript: James Brown: First we got to pay our respect to the late, great late incomparable. Somebody we love very much. Somebody I have all the admiration in the world for I've got he chance to know him personal late great Mr. Martin Luther King. Cornel West: He was a lover of Martin Luther King Jr. This is James he is actually a patriot. He is a lover of America. You know what they call Martin America's best friend. Its one of the most powerful formulations of Martin in a way. James Brown: That I want to say this you know in the city I know that people who stayed home, who stayed on the street because it is a safe city. Marva Whitney: Everybody was tensed by Mr. Brown has a tough crew they were going to do their job but I mean you are human and you didn't know what was going to go off. Male Speaker: What must have been like for James Brown to go in that stage. I wonder if she was in fear of his life. This is the days before metal detectors. You can brought anything into that show. That was heroic for him to do that. Marva Whitney: If he was afraid you did not know. You didn't know it. He wouldn't let you see that. Male Speaker: I never meet anything like James Brown. I never saw anything like James Brown. Men he was a peace of work. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown Performs 02:43

      James Brown Performs "Try Me". Live at the Apollo Theater, March 1968.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 259 views

      James Brown performs "Try Me"--Live at the Apollo Theater in New York City, March 1968. James Brown: Man to Man was a concert film recorded live at the Apollo Theater. It was broadcast as an hour-long syndicated television special and is one of the first color recordings of James Brown. James Brown's first #1 hit, "Try Me," was released in 1958. It is the best-selling R&B single of 1958 and the first of 17 chart-topping R&B singles by Brown over the next two decades. James Brown recorded an instrumental version of "Try Me" for the Smash label in 1965 which charted #34 R&B and #63 Pop in the U.S. It was one of the few times in American music history that a song became a hit on two separate occasions in vocal and instrumental form by the same artist. Video transcript: James Brown: Try me. Try me. Darlin tell me I need you. Try me. Back Up Singers: Try me. James Brown: Try me. Back Up Singers: Try me. James Brown: And your love will always be true. Oh I need you. Back Up Singers: I need you. James Brown: Oh now hold me. Back Up Singers: Hold me. James Brown: Hold me. Back Up Singers: Hold me. James Brown: I want you right here by my side. Hold me. Back Up Singers: Hold me. James Brown: Hold me. Back Up Singers: Hold me. James Brown: And your love oh darling we won't hide. I need you. Back Up Singers: I need you. James Brown: Oh i need you. What should I do now? [Instrumental Music] James Brown: Oh I need you. Back Up Singers: I need you. James Brown: Oh oh walk with me. Back Up Singers: Walk with me. James Brown: Talk with me. Back Up Singers: Talk with me. James Brown: I want you to stop my stop my heart from crying. Walk with me. Back Up Singers: Walk with me. James Brown: Oh Talk with me. Back Up Singers: Talk with me. James Brown: And your love will stop my heart from dying. Oh I need you. Back Up Singers: I need you hoo hoo. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown's Reaction to Hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Assassinated by James Earl Ray.

      James Brown's Reaction to Hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Assassinated by James Earl Ray.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 187 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features James Brown commenting on hearing the news that Dr. King was assassinated by James Earl Ray. He was in a New York recording studio and immediately took to the airwaves to call for peace and calm in the Black community. James Brown traveled to Harlem to see what was taking place as the riots broke out in the cities across the country. Video transcript: Narrator: When James Brown heard the news, he was in New York recording studio. He immediately went on TV and radio calling for peace, but the riots starting to break out in inner city America. Brown headed to Harlem to see for himself what was going on. James Brown: I don't want to be a cat sitting from a pile, looking down and saying what are they doing out down there. I wanted to find out what was happening and I know I have a right to deal because I might live in a society with [inaudible 0:00:33] that is where I was born. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown

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      James Brown's Reflections on His Early Years 01:12

      James Brown's Reflections on His Early Years

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 170 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features interviews with James Brown and friends discussing his childhood, the time he spent in jail and his determination to straighten himself out. Video transcript: Cornel West: When he was small he broke both legs playing football whose name is crips or cripple in the head. Cast on one leg is still grit will, determination. I just better going to play football with the cast and is still [inaudible 0:00:23] that is James Brown. Narrator: James Brown was raised by two aunts and a brother in the coast of Georgia. He dropped out at school in the seventh age 16, went to jail for stealing a car. James Brown: I am 8 to 16 years. 8 to 16 years that is the long time. So that was three and I am going to my fourth year and I decided that I better straighten myself up. Got your highest sneakers on. It's slippin' new. Got your highest sneakers on. And you're slippin' new. You're more than alright. You know you're out of sight. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown Performs 04:44

      James Brown Performs "I Got the Feelin'". Live at the Apollo Theater. March 1968.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 274 views

      James Brown performs "I Got the Feelin'" while engaging with the audience-- Live at the Apollo Theater in New York City, March, 1968. James Brown: Man to Man was a concert film recorded live at the Apollo Theater. It was broadcast as an hour-long syndicated television special and is one of the first color recordings of James Brown. Released as a single in 1968, "I Got the Feelin" reached #1 on the R&B chart and #6 on the pop chart. The Jackson 5 auditioned for Motown founder Berry Gordy in 1968 with a filmed performance of "I Got the Feelin'" with Michael Jackson at age 10 closely mimicking James Brown's vocal style and dance moves. Video transcript: James Brown: Alright. [Instrumental Music] James Brown: Alright. Wait a minute. Is anybody right here got the feeling. Audience: Yeah. James Brown: You got the feeling. Audience: Yeah. James Brown: Alright get the melody in because you got to feel it right here. Thank you very much. Is everybody right here got the feeling? Audience: Yeah. James Brown: You got the feeling over there. Audience: Yeah. James Brown: Is everybody up there got the feeling? Audience: Yeah. James Brown: You got the feeling up there? Audience: Yeah. James Brown: You got the feeling up there? Audience: Yeah. James Brown: Well let me hear you say a little bit louder. Get in to it. You got the feeling? Audience: Yeah. James Brown: Wait a minute. Let's check with the band here. Now fellows, you got the feeling? Band: Yeah. James Brown: You got the feeling? Band: Yeah. James Brown: The band didn't got it. Do you got the feeling, what do you say you guys? You got the feeling? You got the feeling over there Jimmy. You got the feel those. You got the feeling about your ladies. Mr. Jones you got the feeling. Yeah because you got the feeling. Yeah I'm hip. You got the feeling? Yeah. Good. Wait a minute. You stand up here uh. Wait a minute with your best. Wait a minute. Fellows, you got to feel it one more time. There you got the feeling. Audience: Yeah. James Brown: Alright. Whatever. I'm getting better now. Are you ready? You're ready. Audience: Yeah. James Brown: If you're ready I'm going for myself. Are you ready? Audience: Yeah. James Brown: Come on now. Ah ah ah I got the feeling. Baby, baby. I got the feeling now. You don't know what you do to me. People are heavy. I'm down in misery. Hey, baby, good, alright. I got the feeling, alright, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby. I got the feeling, baby. I got the feeling now. Sometimes I'm up. Sometimes I'm down. My heart, I'm around the town. I'm level oh baby, alright oww, good God. You don't mean it now, alright baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby baby, baby. I got the feeling baby. You got the feeling now. Oh yeah. Sometimes I roam. I'll be back home. Sometimes I seem to be fly. I just don't know when to say bye bye yeah baby. Alright come on. Hey you don't mean it now. Alright, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby baby, baby come on now. [Instrumental Music] James Brown: Yeah baby. Alright. Keep going. I tell you I don't need it now. Alright. Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown. Reactions to the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr. 01:33

      James Brown. Reactions to the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 181 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features James Brown singing as a backdrop to footage of Dr. King and interviews with band member John Starks who speaks about the moment Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated by James Earl Ray and how everyone felt. Also seen in the clip is footage of President Lyndon B. Johnson hailing Dr. King as a man of nonviolence. Civil Rights activist Dr. Cornel West of Princeton University notes that he feels something died inside of James Brown when Dr. King was killed. Video transcript: John Starks: I would say 10 minutes after it happened regards of where you were, you heard about it and a lot of us started to cry. You know you feel sad that you got angry. It was a point where you just couldn't understand. You didn't want to believe that. I think the anger, the hurt, all of it was rolling to one and the retaliation was brewing. President Johnson: I asked every citizen to reject the blind violence that has cracked Dr. King who lived by non-violence. Cornel West: If America do this to his brother, none of us can aspire to his moral magnanimity. His death would have been the end then some dancing when somebody saw with such a spiritual gravity, it shut down like a dawn like that. I think some died in Jamestown. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown

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      James Brown Averting a Riot Onstage. Live at the Boston Garden. April 5, 1968. 01:27

      James Brown Averting a Riot Onstage. Live at the Boston Garden. April 5, 1968.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 175 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features band members Marva Whitney and Fred Wesley remembering the night of the live performance at the Boston Garden on April 5, 1968, the fear and the danger. In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968, rioting broke out in cities across the country. James Brown had been scheduled to perform at the Boston Garden on April 5th. Boston Mayor Kevin White had initially wanted to cancel all public events, including James Brown's show. As there was concern that the cancellation of the show might cause an escalation of the crisis. it was agreed that James Brown's show would go on. The show, one of the greatest in Boston's history, went on and the city of Boston remained relatively calm. James Brown consoled his mourning audience, dedicated the show to the memory of Dr. King and was instrumental in keeping the peace on the streets of Boston. Fans rushed the stage in the middle of live performance and the police moved onstage to remove them. James Brown stood between the police and the stage crashers and immediately took control of what could have been a riotous moment in light of the raw emotions of the Black community and the tenuous relationship with the police. James Brown addresses the audience asking if he can finish the show, with the infamous words, "We are Black. Don't make us all look bad." He was asking for "respect from my own people." Video transcript: Marva Whitney: I was on the side and I was a little nervous. I was praying, please don't let anything happen. The whole stage from the left to the right was lined up with policemen. We were afraid for him because he wasn't scared of anything. [Playing song] wait a minute, I will be fine. Fred Wesley: He knew that a riot could erupt, you know and he didn't want that to happen and any more than I did any body else. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown Performs 02:40

      James Brown Performs "There Was a Time". Live at the Apollo Theater. March 1968.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 240 views

      James Brown performs "There Was A Time"--Live at the Apollo Theater in New York City, March 1968. James Brown: Man to Man was a concert film recorded live at the Apollo Theater. It was broadcast as an hour-long syndicated television special and is one of the first color recordings of James Brown. "There Was a Time" was written by James Brown and recorded in July 1967 during a live performance at the Apollo Theater in a medley with "Let Yourself Go" and "I Feel All Right", and was first released November 1967 in edited form as the B-side of the single "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)". The song charted #3 R&B and #36 Pop. Video transcript: [Instrumental Music] James Brown: Don't guess why over what you're doing. Don't guess why baby over what you're doing. If I keep loving you my life would be ruined. I tell you, I'm hip on your running round Good God, hip to your running round but do you know one thing I'm gonna put you down. Oh, get it together. Get it together. Get it together. Get it together. Brand new bag baby, you said you want, give me a brand new bag but you, you were just jiving. You wanted a drag. You ducked out of school baby before you got it down. Do you hear me? You ducked out of school before you got it down. Now you ain't hip. You're the biggest fool in town. Oh, get it together. Get it together. Get it together. Get it together. Get it together. [Instrumental Music] James Brown: I wanna do. Let me tell about this a little bit. Let me tell about this little bit. You may dance good. You may have fast feet. You may dance good. You may have fast feet. But no. You may have fast feet but you ain't hip. Your business is in the street. Maceo, I want you to blow now the car. Come on, come on. Oh come on. All right now I'm ready. I'm ready. I'm ready. Sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down, sit down. Don't play so much. Don't be so mean, no. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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      James Brown. End of Show with Saxophone Player. Live at the Apollo Theater. March 1968.

      James Brown. End of Show with Saxophone Player. Live at the Apollo Theater. March 1968.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 106 views

      James Brown sings alongside his saxophone player in the final minutes of his live show at the Apollo Theater in New York City, March 1968. As he walks offstage, James Brown bows to the fans. James Brown: Man to Man was a concert film recorded live at the Apollo Theater. It was broadcast as an hour-long syndicated television special and is one of the first color recordings of James Brown. Video transcript: James Brown: Oh, you baby. Okay, make me understand, baby oh, oh, oh. How a bout a big round of applause for the star of the show ladies and gentlemen. Mr. dynamite. T he hottest megaman in showbiz James Brown the start of the show. James Brown the star of the show. James Brown the star of the show. James Brown the star of the show Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown

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      James Brown. Interviews on the Importance of Boston to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Its Segregation. 01:34

      James Brown. Interviews on the Importance of Boston to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Its Segregation.

      by AnyClip (4/15/13) 110 views

      James Brown. A clip from the documentary, "The Night James Brown Saved Boston", features interviews discussing Boston and the racial segregation in the 1960s. The city of Boston was important to Martin Luther King, Jr. since that is where he met his wife Coretta Scott King and studied for his Ph.D. Video transcript: Cornel West: Boston the cradle of liberty known for her banned books, her baked beans and jokes about our accent. Dr. Andrew Young: Boston was very important for Martin Luther King. He receive his Ph.D. at Boston University. He met his wife at Boston and it was a wonderful time for him it was where he got indoctrinated in the American dream. Martin Luther King: I am delighted to express my support to all that you are seeking to remove racial injustice and segregation from the life of Boston and the life of Massachusetts. Cornel West: Boston historically has been a liberal city in terms of each intellects in self image but deeply segregated based on race in term of its practice. Talk me about give me liberty or give me - Cornel West: Boston is never been a city that is highly appealing to black folk. We don't think of Boston as a center of black life the way you think of Detroit and New York. Dr. Robert Hall: It was a very vulcanized city it isn't a great type neighborhood and by that time Mid 60's they were concentrated and Roxbury and sound end. David Gates: When they it was an island so much is a territory on the other of the devon. It was East Berlin. Want more of Shout Factory's best picks? GO TO: http://www.shoutfactory.com/ten Want more James Brown, go to Shout Factory: http://www.shoutfactory.com/jamesbrown"

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