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SavoyBG
2019-05-21 01:27:37 UTC
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Okay, time for a new project. This time it's JAMES BROWN!

Submit to me at least 10 and up to 50 of your favorite James Brown songs ranked in order. I'll tally up the numbers and present a countdown of the results. Ballots will be scored like this:

1. 75 points
2. 71
3. 68
4. 65
5. 62
6. 60
7. 58
8. 56
9. 54
10. 52
11. 50
12. 49
13. 48
14. 47
15. 46
16. 45
17. 44
18. 43
19. 42
20. 41
21. 40
22. 39
23. 38
24. 37
25. 36
26. 35
27. 34
28. 33
29. 32
30. 31
31. 30
32. 29
33. 28
34. 27
35. 26
36. 25
37. 24
38. 23
39. 22
40. 21
41. 20
42. 19
43. 18
44. 17
45. 16
46. 15
47. 14
48. 13
49. 12
50. 11

Ballots must contain at least 10 songs and must be ranked, or they will not be counted. Please post your ballot in this thread.
SavoyBG
2019-05-21 01:32:23 UTC
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MY BALLOT

1. Doing It To Death
2. Out of Sight
3. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
4. Baby, You're Right
5. Please, Please, Please
6. Ain't That A Groove
7. Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine
8. Chonnie-On-Chon
9. No, No., No., No, No
10. I'll Go Crazy
11. I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On
12. Night Train
13. Tell Me What I Did Wrong
14. Cold Sweat
15. Come Over Here
16. Bring It Up
17. I Got You (I Feel Good)
18. That Dood It
19. Caldonia
20. Good Good Lovin'
21. Maybe The Last Time
22. Bewildered
23. Call Me Super Bad
24. Let's Make It
25. I Know It's True
26. Get On The Good Foot
27. I Got The Feelin'
28. Oh Baby Don't You Weep
29. Baby Cries Over The Ocean
30. I've Got To Change
31. Mashed Potatoes U.S.A.
32. This Old Heart
33. I Won't Plead No More
34. Just Won't Do Right
35. You Don't Have To Go
36. I Don't Mind
37. Talking Loud And Saying Nothing
38. Lost Someone
39. Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)
40. You've Got The Power
41. I'll Never, Never Let You Go
42. America Is My Home
43. Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
44. There Was A Time
45. There Must Be A Reason
46. Why Do You Do Me
47. Hold My Baby's Hand
48. Try Me
49. Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn
50. I'm A Greedy Man
Dean F.
2019-05-21 04:37:01 UTC
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You're speaking my language, daddy-o!

1. BRING IT UP (1967)
2. PAPA’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG (1965)
3. GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE (1970)
4. COLD SWEAT (1967)
5. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE (1956)
6. I GOT YOU (I Feel Good) (1965)
7. MOTHER POPCORN (1969)
8. DOING IT TO DEATH, Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s (1973)
9. AIN’T THAT A GROOVE, Part 1 (1966)
10. BEWILDERED (1961)

11. NIGHT TRAIN (1962)
12. THE PAYBACK (1974)
13. I GOT THE FEELIN’ (1968)
14. HOT PANTS, Part 1 (1971)
15. SUPER BAD, Parts 1 & 2 (1970)
16. IT’S A MAN’S MAN’S MAN’S WORLD (1966)
17. I CAN’T STAND MYSELF (When You Touch Me) (1967-68)
18. OUT OF SIGHT (1964)
19. TRY ME (I Need You) (1958-59)
20. GET ON THE GOOD FOOT (1972)

21. I’LL GO CRAZY (Live at the Apollo, 1966)
22. BABY, YOU’RE RIGHT (1961)
23. THERE WAS A TIME (1968)
24. I DON’T WANT NOBODY TO GIVE ME NOTHIN’ (Open Up the Door, I’ll Get It Myself) (1969)
25. GIVE IT UP OR TURNIT A LOOSE (1969)
26. LICKING STICK—LICKING STICK, Part 1 (1968)
27. SAY IT LOUD—I’M BLACK AND I’M PROUD, Part 1 (1968)
28. BROTHER RAPP, Part 1 (1970)
29. GET UP, GET INTO IT & GET INVOLVED (1971)
30. SOUL POWER (1971)

31. THINK (1973)
32. LOST SOMEONE (1961-62)
33. TALKING LOUD AND SAYING NOTHING, Part 1 (1972)
34. MY THANG (1974)
35. I GOT A BAG OF MY OWN (1973)
36. MAYBE THE LAST TIME (1964)
37. PAPA DON’T TAKE NO MESS, Part 1 (1974)
38. I GOT ANTS IN MY PANTS (And I Need to Dance) (1971)
39. THINK (About It), Lyn Collins (1972)
40. GET IT TOGETHER, Parts 1 & 2 (1967)

41. MONEY WON’T CHANGE YOU, Parts 1 & 2 (1966)
42. I’LL GO CRAZY (1960)
43. (Do The) MASHED POTATOES, Nat Kendrick & The Swans (1960)
44. UNITY, with Afrika Bambaataa (1984)
45. THIS OLD HEART (1960)
46. GOOD GOOD LOVIN’ (1959)
47. PRISONER OF LOVE (1963)
48. MAKE IT FUNKY (1971)
49. CHONNIE-ON-CHON (1957)
50. LIVING IN AMERICA (1985-86)
Steve Mc
2019-05-21 16:10:58 UTC
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James Brown doesn't take up too much space in my library.


1 Try Me
2 Please, Please, Please
3 I Got You
4 Good Good Lovin'
5 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
6 Out of Sight
7 Night Train
8 It's A Man's Man's Man's World
9 Oh Baby Don't You Weep
10 Think
11 Prisoner Of Love
12 I'll Go Crazy
13 Chonnie-on-Chon
14 Caledonia
15 Cold Sweat
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Roger Ford
2019-05-22 07:08:46 UTC
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Post by SavoyBG
Okay, time for a new project. This time it's JAMES BROWN!
Submit to me at least 10 and up to 50 of your favorite James Brown songs ranked in order.
1.Please Please Please
2. Out Of Sight
3. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
4. Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine
5. Get On The Good Foot
6. Cold Sweat
7. Chonnie-On-Chon
8. Doing It To Death
9. Baby You're Right
10. I'll Go Crazy
11. I Got You (I Feel Good)
12. Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud)
13. Bring It Up
14. I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I'll Get
It Myself)
15. Super Bad
16. Think
17. Living In America
18. I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On
19. Why Do You Do Me
20. I Want You So Bad
21. Maybe The Last Time
22. There Was A Time
23. Good Good Lovin'
24. Ain't That A Groove
25. Soul Power
26. There It Is
27. Shout And Shimmy
28. I Don't Mind
29. Let Yourself Go
30. No No No No
31. Lost Someone
32. I Won't Plead No More
33. Bewildered
34. And I Do Just What I Want
35. Tell Me What You're Gonna Do
36. I've Got To Change
37. Just Won't Do Right
38. Oh Baby Don't You Weep
39. You've Got The Power (w. Bea Ford)
40. Come Over Here
41. I Don't Know
42. Hold My Baby's Hand
43. Baby Cries Over The Ocean
44. Try Me
45. Night Train
46. These Foolish Things
47. Love Don't Love Nobody
48. It's A Man's Man's Man's World
49. Get It Together
50. Money Won't Change You


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Bob Roman
2019-05-22 13:36:58 UTC
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1. Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex machine
2. Please Please Please
3. Cold Sweat
4. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
5. I Got You (I Feel Good)
6. Out of Sight
7. Chonnie-On-Chon
8. Night Train
9. It's a Man's Man's Man's World
10. Bring It Up
11. Bewildered
12. I'll Go Crazy
13. Try Me
14. Think
15. I Got the Feeling
16. I Don't Mind
17. Ain't It Funky Now
18. Licking Stick
19. Prisoner of Love
20. Say It Loud

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SavoyBG
2019-05-22 13:48:11 UTC
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Roger, Bob, Steve, your lists have been tabulated.
SavoyBG
2019-05-22 13:48:29 UTC
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Post by SavoyBG
Roger, Bob, Steve, your lists have been tabulated.
Dean also.
Bob Roman
2019-05-22 14:03:05 UTC
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7. Chonnie-On-Chon
7. Chonnie-On-Chon
8. Chonnie-On-Chon
13 Chonnie-on-Chon
49. CHONNIE-ON-CHON (1957)
I suspect this would be the main difference between a poll take here and a poll taken anywhere else.

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SavoyBG
2019-05-22 14:21:35 UTC
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7. Chonnie-On-Chon
7. Chonnie-On-Chon
8. Chonnie-On-Chon
13 Chonnie-on-Chon
49. CHONNIE-ON-CHON (1957)
I suspect this would be the main difference between a poll take here and a poll taken anywhere else.
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BR
The poll is on in other places too. I think the younger voters will mainly list the funk stuff.
Bob Roman
2019-05-22 14:48:36 UTC
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7. Chonnie-On-Chon
7. Chonnie-On-Chon
8. Chonnie-On-Chon
13 Chonnie-on-Chon
49. CHONNIE-ON-CHON (1957)
I suspect this would be the main difference between a poll take here and
a poll taken anywhere else.
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BR
The poll is on in other places too. I think the younger voters will mainly
list the funk stuff.
Then you have a perfect test for my prediction.

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BR
Bob Roman
2019-05-22 15:08:51 UTC
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The other James Brown that got his start in the '50s.

1. Cleveland Browns, 1964
2. Cleveland Browns, 1963
3. The Dirty Dozen
4. Cleveland Browns, 1958
5. Syracuse football, 1956
6. Cleveland Browns, 1965
7. The Split
8. Syracuse football, 1955
9. Cleveland Browns, 1961
10. Ice Station Zebra
11. Cleveland Browns, 1959
12. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
13. Cleveland Browns, 1962
14. 100 Rifles
15. Cleveland Browns, 1960
16. Running Man
17. Syracuse football, 1954
18. Slaughter
19. Cleveland Browns, 1957
20. Mars Attacks

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SavoyBG
2019-05-22 15:29:40 UTC
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The other James Brown that got his start in the '50s.
1. Cleveland Browns, 1964
2. Cleveland Browns, 1963
3. The Dirty Dozen
4. Cleveland Browns, 1958
5. Syracuse football, 1956
6. Cleveland Browns, 1965
7. The Split
8. Syracuse football, 1955
9. Cleveland Browns, 1961
10. Ice Station Zebra
11. Cleveland Browns, 1959
12. I'm Gonna Git You Sucka
13. Cleveland Browns, 1962
14. 100 Rifles
15. Cleveland Browns, 1960
16. Running Man
17. Syracuse football, 1954
18. Slaughter
19. Cleveland Browns, 1957
20. Mars Attacks
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Come now, his all american lacrosse seasons at Syracuse are better than most of those shit movies.
Bob Roman
2019-05-22 15:35:03 UTC
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Come now, his all american lacrosse seasons at Syracuse are better than most
of those shit movies.
Yes, I stand corrected

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Steve Mc
2019-05-22 15:45:58 UTC
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Come now, his all american lacrosse seasons at Syracuse are better than most
of those shit movies.
Yes, I stand corrected
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BR
I don't know about the lacrosse, but I did like The Dirty Dozen when it
came out. And then there's Richard Pryor's "Give me the ball !".
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Dennis C
2019-05-22 15:47:36 UTC
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1 Captain Rip Masters "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin"

That's all I got, baby!
Roger Ford
2019-05-22 18:45:54 UTC
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1 Captain Rip Masters "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin"
That's all I got, baby!
Wasn't Rip Masters a Lieutenant?

"Get up! Get on up!!"

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2019-05-23 08:09:45 UTC
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Okay, time for a new project. This time it's JAMES BROWN!
1.Chonnie-On-Chon
2.Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
3.And I Do Just What I Want
4.This Old Heart
5.Messing With The Blues
6.Try Me
7.Please Please Please
8.Lost Someone
9.Bewildered
10.Waiting In Vain
11.That's When I Lost My Heart
12.Again
13.I Don't Know
14.I Feel That Old Feelin Comin On
15.That Dood It
16.I Can't Help It (I Just Do Do Do)
17.Maybe The Last Time
18.No No No No
19.Prisoner Of Love
20.There Must Be A Reason
21.I Don't Mind
22.Three Hearts In A Tangle
23.Oh Baby Don't You Weep
24.Hold My Baby's Hand
25.You're Mine You're Mine
26.Signed Sealed And Delivered
27.Just Won't Do Right
28.Why Does Everything Happen To Me
29.I Got You (I Feel Good)
30.Baby You're Right
31.Out Of Sight
32.Begging Begging
33.It Hurts To Tell You
Carl
2019-05-23 08:14:59 UTC
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Post by SavoyBG
Okay, time for a new project. This time it's JAMES BROWN!
1.Chonnie-On-Chon
2.Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
3.And I Do Just What I Want
4.This Old Heart
5.Messing With The Blues
6.Try Me
7.Please Please Please
8.Lost Someone
9.Bewildered
10.Waiting In Vain
11.That's When I Lost My Heart
12.Again
13.I Don't Know
14.I Feel That Old Feelin Comin On
15.That Dood It
16.I Can't Help It (I Just Do Do Do)
17.Maybe The Last Time
18.No No No No
19.Prisoner Of Love
20.There Must Be A Reason
21.I Don't Mind
22.Three Hearts In A Tangle
23.Oh Baby Don't You Weep
24.Hold My Baby's Hand
25.You're Mine You're Mine
26.Signed Sealed And Delivered
27.Just Won't Do Right
28.Why Does Everything Happen To Me
29.I Got You (I Feel Good)
30.Baby You're Right
31.Out Of Sight
32.Begging Begging
33.It Hurts To Tell You
Forgot I'll Go Crazy. Insert at 21
SavoyBG
2019-05-23 14:42:28 UTC
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Carl is in and with a few things that get their first mention.
SavoyBG
2019-05-23 14:43:56 UTC
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DEADLINE for ballots is June 1 at midnight ET.
OleManRiver
2019-05-23 23:07:50 UTC
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Here's my ballot for James Brown songs in my library.

1. The Old Landmark
2. Night Train
3. AIN'T THAT A GROOVE
4. BEWILDERED
5. PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG
6. I GOT YOU (I FEEL GOOD)
7. COLD SWEAT
8. GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE
9. OUT OF SIGHT
10. I GOT THE FEELIN'
11. I CAN'T STAND MYSELF
12. BRING IT UP
13. MOTHER POPCORN
14. Think
15. Please, Please, Please
16. I'll Go Crazy
17. Living In America
18. BABY, YOU'RE RIGHT
19. IT'S A MAN'S MAN'S MAN'S WORLD
20. Stagger Lee
21. Rapp Payback (Where iz Moses)
DianeE
2019-05-24 03:30:05 UTC
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Here's my list. It felt like I was combining two different artists,
like the two different Drifters groups for example. In all cases the
title I list is the studio version, not the live version, and in all
cases I prefer the longest possible version, not the chopped up single
edits.

01 Sex Machine
02 Hot Pants
03 Cold Sweat
04 Ain't It Funky Now
05 Get On The Good Foot
06 Papa Don't Take No Mess
07 Money Won't Change You
08 I Got The Feeling
09 Doing It To Death (JB's)
10 Chonnie On Chon
11 Night Train
12 I'll Never Never Let You Go
13 Good Good Lovin'
14 Try Me
15 I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On
16 Blues And Pants
17 I Can't Stand Myself
18 Prisoner Of Love
19 Why Do You Do Me Like You Do
20 Bewildered
21 Think
22 Licking Stick Licking Stick
23 I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing
24 I Want You So Bad
25 Funky President
26 Same Beat (JB's)
27 I'll Go Crazy
28 Please Please Please
29 There Was A Time
30 Let's Make It
31 Say It Loud
32 Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
33 Man's Man's Man's (whatever) World
34 Pass The Peas (JB's)
35 The Payback
36 Funky Drummer
37 Talking Loud And Saying Nothing
38 Mother Popcorn
39 I Know It's True
40 Escape-Ism
41 Super Bad
42 Out Of Sight
43 Honky Tonk Pt. 1
44 Don't Be A Dropout
45 Baby Cries Over The Ocean
46 Lost Someone
47 Get Up Offa That Thing
48 Soul Power
49 Give It Up Or Turn It A Loose
50 Make It Funky
Dean F.
2019-05-24 13:46:37 UTC
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Not that anyone asked, but here's the bottom half of my James Brown list:

51. I KNOW YOU GOT SOUL, Bobby Byrd (1971)
52. THINK (1960)
53. SHOUT AND SHIMMY (1962)
54. THE POPCORN (1969)
55. I’VE GOT MONEY (1962)
56. MAMA FEELGOOD, Lyn Collins (1973)
57. OH BABY, DON’T YOU WEEP, Parts 1 & 2 (1964)
58. I FEEL THAT OLD FEELING COMING ON (1956)
59. KANSAS CITY (1967)
60. LET YOURSELF GO (1967)

61. YOU’VE GOT THE POWER, with Bea Ford (1960)
62. THAT DOOD IT (1957)
63. LET A MAN COME IN & DO THE POPCORN, Parts 1 & 2 (1969)
64. COME OVER HERE (1960)
65. WHY DOES EVERYTHING HAPPEN TO ME (1962)
66. JUST WON’T DO RIGHT (1957)
67. SOULFUL CHRISTMAS (1966)
68. LOVE DON’T LOVE NOBODY (1960)
69. AND I DO JUST WHAT I WANT (1960)
70. AIN’T IT FUNKY NOW, Parts 1 & 2 (1969)

71. I’M A GREEDY MAN (1971)
72. I HOLD MY BABY’S HAND (1956)
73. GOODBYE MY LOVE (1968)
74. LET’S MAKE IT (1956)
75. IT’S A NEW DAY (1971)
76. BEGGING, BEGGING (1958)
77. THREE HEARTS IN A TANGLE (1963)
78. SO LONG (1964)
79. ESCAPE-ISM, Part 1 (1971)
80. FINGER POPPIN TIME, Hank Ballard & The Midnight Lighters (1972)

81. THERE IT IS (1972)
82. SANTA CLAUS, SANTA CLAUS (1968)
83. TELL ME WHAT I DID WRONG (1958)
84. WORLD, Part 1 (1969)
85. STONE FOX (1967)
86. I DON’T MIND (1961)
87. HOW YOU GONNA GET RESPECT (When You Haven’t Cut Your Process Yet), Hank Ballard (1968)
88. JUST YOU AND ME, DARLING (1961)
89. SOUL PRIDE (1969)
90. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO (1962)

91. DANCIN’ LITTLE THING (1964)
92. SIGNED, SEALED AND DELIVERED (1963)
93. I DON’T CARE (1962)
94. SANTA CLAUS, GO STRAIGHT TO THE GHETTO (1968)
95. GET UP OFFA THAT THING (1976)
96. GIMME SOME MORE, The J.B.s (1972)
97. DON’T BE A DROPOUT (1966)
98. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO (1962)
99. I GUESS I’LL HAVE TO CRY, CRY, CRY (1968)
100. KING HEROIN (1972)
DianeE
2019-05-24 21:52:12 UTC
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79. ESCAPE-ISM, Part 1 (1971)
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So, you can't handle the whole 19 minutes?

"I'm from L.A.--Lower Alabama."
Dean F.
2019-05-24 22:16:27 UTC
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79. ESCAPE-ISM, Part 1 (1971)
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So, you can't handle the whole 19 minutes?
"I'm from L.A.--Lower Alabama."
Of course I can handle it! Remember, I'm the one who introduced you to that version.
DianeE
2019-05-25 00:47:30 UTC
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79. ESCAPE-ISM, Part 1 (1971)
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So, you can't handle the whole 19 minutes?
"I'm from L.A.--Lower Alabama."
Of course I can handle it! Remember, I'm the one who introduced you to that version.
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Really? You did? I confess I don't remember. Must have been a long
time ago.
SavoyBG
2019-05-29 17:47:15 UTC
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Just a reminder, the deadline is Saturday night at midnight ET.
Carl
2019-05-30 23:00:45 UTC
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Okay, time for a new project. This time it's JAMES BROWN!
An update, a full 50 this time. Rushed the first submittal, didn't know I had til June 1 at the time.

1 Chonnie-On-Chon
2 Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
3 And I Do Just What I Want
4 This Old Heart
5 So Long
6 Don't Let It Happen To You
7 Messing With The Blues
8 Try Me
9 Please Please Please
10 Lost Someone
11 Bewildered
12 Waiting In Vain
13 That's When I Lost My Heart
14 Again
15 If You Want Me
16 I Don't Know
17 I Feel That Old Feelin Comin On
18 In The Wee Wee Hours (Of The Nite)
19 Come Over Here
20 Baby Cries Over The Ocean
21 That Dood It
22 I Can't Help It (I Just Do Do Do)
23 Maybe The Last Time
24 No No No No
25 Prisoner Of Love
26 There Must Be A Reason
27 I'll Go Crazy
28 I Don't Mind
29 These Foolish Things
30 It Was You
31 Like A Baby
32 I Know It's True
33 Three Hearts In A Tangle
34 Oh Baby Don't You Weep
35 Hold My Baby's Hand
36 Wonder When You're Coming Home
37 You're Mine You're Mine
38 Signed Sealed And Delivered
39 Just Won't Do Right
40 Why Does Everything Happen To Me
41 I Got You (I Feel Good)
42 Baby You're Right
43 Out Of Sight
44 Dancin' Little Thing
45 I Love You Yes I Do
46 Begging Begging
47 It Hurts To Tell You
48 I Walked Alone
49 Got To Cry
50 Mashed Potatoes USA
SavoyBG
2019-05-30 23:27:44 UTC
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Post by SavoyBG
Okay, time for a new project. This time it's JAMES BROWN!
An update, a full 50 this time. Rushed the first submittal, didn't know I had til June 1 at the time.
Too many changes for me to fix in the totals, I'm sticking with your original list. If you want to give me #34 - #50 to add to your original top 33 I can do that.
Carl
2019-05-31 01:50:43 UTC
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Sounds good. I was afraid you were too far along to make my changes. Thanks
Carl
2019-05-31 02:16:57 UTC
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Post by SavoyBG
Okay, time for a new project. This time it's JAMES BROWN!
An update, a full 50 this time. Rushed the first submittal, didn't know I had til June 1 at the time.
Too many changes for me to fix in the totals, I'm sticking with your original list. If you want to give me #34 - #50 to add to your original top 33 I can do that.
I think you already have 34. I added I'll Go Crazy a few minutes after my original post of 33. If not I'll Go Crazy is 34. Here's 35 to 50. Sorry about trying to change this so late. I'll get it right the first time next time around.

35 So Long
36 Don't Let It Happen To You
37 If You Want Me
38 In The Wee Wee Hours (Of The Nite)
39 Come Over Here
40 Baby Cries Over The Ocean
41 These Foolish Things
42 It Was You
43 Like A Baby
44 I Know It's True
45 Wonder When You're Coming Home
46 Dancin' Little Thing
47 I Love You Yes I Do
48 I Walked Alone
49 Got To Cry
50 Mashed Potatoes USA
SavoyBG
2019-05-31 02:53:18 UTC
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I think you already have 34. I added I'll Go Crazy a few minutes after my original post of 33. If not I'll Go Crazy is 34. Here's 35 to 50. Sorry about trying to change this so late. I'll get it right the first time next time around.
35 So Long
36 Don't Let It Happen To You
37 If You Want Me
38 In The Wee Wee Hours (Of The Nite)
39 Come Over Here
40 Baby Cries Over The Ocean
41 These Foolish Things
42 It Was You
43 Like A Baby
44 I Know It's True
45 Wonder When You're Coming Home
46 Dancin' Little Thing
47 I Love You Yes I Do
48 I Walked Alone
49 Got To Cry
50 Mashed Potatoes USA
Okay, got it.
SavoyBG
2019-06-03 04:22:20 UTC
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Okay, the votes are in and the results have been tabulated. There were 124 James Brown songs that got at least 2 mentions on the 32 ballots that were submitted. I was hoping to get at least 40 ballots, but we still have a fine list of songs to present. We're gonna start with the song that came it at # 101:


SavoyBG
2019-06-03 12:58:30 UTC
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Song #101 is "Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn" from 1969. The song was split into two parts which were released consecutively as singles. Both of the singles charted, with Part One rising to #2 R&B and #21 Pop and Part Two reaching #6 R&B and #40 Pop. The full recording of the song was included on the 1970 album It's a New Day - Let a Man Come In. This one was listed on 3 ballots and had 79 points in the voting:

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Next up we break into the top 100 with song #100. This one is from 1962:


SavoyBG
2019-06-03 19:12:19 UTC
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Song #100 is "I Don't Care" from 1962. Some of you that care about lyrics may recognize that the opening line (I Don't Care About Your Past) is also used in "Cold Sweat." It was issued as a single and on the album below, also in 1962. It was named on 3 ballots and accumulated a total of 79 points.

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Up next is song #99 on the countdown. From 1974:


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2019-06-03 19:20:17 UTC
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Song #100 is "I Don't Care" from 1962. Some of you that care about lyrics m=
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sed in "Cold Sweat."
You obviously care enough about them to notice :)

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SavoyBG
2019-06-03 23:50:27 UTC
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Song #100 is "I Don't Care" from 1962. Some of you that care about lyrics m=
ay recognize that the opening line (I Don't Care About Your Past) is also u=
sed in "Cold Sweat."
You obviously care enough about them to notice :)
No, I only knew it because I read it somewhere.
SavoyBG
2019-06-04 01:30:34 UTC
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Song #99 is "Coldblooded." "Coldblooded" is a song written and recorded by James Brown. It was released in 1974 as the B-side of "Funky President (People It's Bad)" and charted #99 Pop. It also appeared on the album Hell. Writing in Rolling Stone, Robert Palmer praised the song as a "sure-fire disco [smash], the kind of no-nonsense party music one expects from Soul Brother Number One."

Personnel

James Brown - vocals
Isaiah "Ike" Oakley - trumpet
Fred Wesley - trombone
Maceo Parker - alto sax
Jimmy Parker - alto sax
St. Clair Pinckney - tenor sax
Jimmy Nolen - guitar
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin - guitar
Fred Thomas - bass
John "Jabo" Starks - drums
Johnny Griggs - congas
Bob Both - percussion

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Up next at #98 is the first song from the 1950s to appear on the countdown:


SavoyBG
2019-06-04 04:56:03 UTC
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Song #98 is "Got To Cry" from 1959. The single was JB's last release of the 1950s. The song was included on the "Try Me" album that same year.

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Song #97 is also from 1959 and also from the "Try Me" album:


SavoyBG
2019-06-04 12:49:35 UTC
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Song #97 is "It Hurts To Tell You" from 1959. It was the flip side of "I've Got To Change" on the 45. It was listed on 5 ballots and totaled 82 points in the voting.

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Song # 96 is next. The song's title was later used by Stevie Wonder on one of his biggest hits.


SavoyBG
2019-06-04 18:21:35 UTC
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Song #96 is "Signed Sealed and Delivered" from 1963. It was a single and was also included on the "Prisoner of Love" album. Believe it or not this was originally a country song written and done by Cowboy Copas in 1947, reaching #2 on the country charts in 1948. King Records often had R&B artists do versions of songs from their country artists, and vice versa.





Up next at song #95 is some hard core funk from 1973:


SavoyBG
2019-06-05 01:01:10 UTC
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Song #95 is "Stoned To The Bone" from 1973. It was also shown as "Stone To The Bone" on some pressings of the single. It was named on 4 ballots and had 85 total points. The song peaked at #4 on the Billboard R&B chart. It was included on "The Payback" album.

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Next up at song #94 is one from 1972:


SavoyBG
2019-06-05 04:32:55 UTC
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Song #94 is "There It Is" from 1972. It is included on the album of the same name. The single reached #4 on the Billboard ER&B charts.


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Song #93 is next, and we go way back to 1957 for this one:


SavoyBG
2019-06-05 13:32:46 UTC
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Song #93 is "Baby Cries Over The Ocean" from 1957, the flip side of "That Dood It." It was later included on the "Please, Please, Please" album in 1958. So far it is the oldest record on the countdown, but don't fret, there are several to come from 1956.

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Low and behold, up next at #92 is one of those items from 1956:


SavoyBG
2019-06-05 17:57:12 UTC
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Song #91 is "I Don't Know" from 1956. It was JB's second release, the follow up to "Please, Please, Please" and the flip side of "I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On." It was included on the "Please, Please, Please" album which was issued late in 1958. The song was listed on 3 ballots and accumulated 92 points in the voting.

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Next up at #91 is another 1973 funk jam from "The Payback" album:


SavoyBG
2019-06-05 23:47:33 UTC
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Song #91 is "Shoot Your Shot" from 1973. It was on "The Payback" album that year.

https://e.snmc.io/i/fullres/s/c12afe37546b39ecf83789defeb3b359/1966374


[b][u]RANK-BALLOTS-TOTAL POINTS-TITLE[/u][/b]
091 - 02-95 - Shoot Your Shot
092 - 03-92 - I Don't Know
093 - 04-87 - Baby Cries Over The Ocean
094 - 03-87 - There It Is
095 - 04-85 - Stoned To The Bone
096 - 02-83 - Signed Sealed and Delivered
097 - 05-82 - It Hurts To Tell You
098 - 03-81 - Got To Cry
099 - 03-79 - Coldblooded
100 - 03-79 - I Don't Care
101 - 03-79 - Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn
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Next up is song #90. We go back to 1960 for this one:


SavoyBG
2019-06-06 04:40:35 UTC
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Song #90 is "And I Do Just What I Want" from 1960. It was issued as his first single on King when they switched him over from Federal. The flip side is "The Bells." The first album that the song was on was "The Amazing James Brown and the Famous Flames" in 1961.

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Moving along in the countdown now we go to 1971 for song #89. The full version of this one is over 19 minutes long:


SavoyBG
2019-06-06 13:38:26 UTC
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Song #89 is "Escape-ism" from 1971. It was Brown's first release on his own label, People Records. The single reached #6 on the Billboard Soul chart and clearly was influential in the start of rap and hip hop soon after. The long version of the track is on the "Hot Pants" album. The previously unreleased nineteen-minute unedited take of the track appearing on the album's 1992 CD re-release. According to Robert Christgau the song was "supposedly cut to kill time until Bobby Byrd arrived" at the studio.

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Next up at #88 is an early funk track from 1967:


SavoyBG
2019-06-06 17:15:30 UTC
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Song #88 is "Get It Together" from 1967. It reached #11 on the Billboard Soul Chart and got to #40 on the Hot 100. It was also included on the 1968 album "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)." James wrote this one along with Bud Hodgood and Pee Wee Ellis. Donald A. Guarisco of Allmusic described the song as "a taut, minimalist tune that combines soulful but frantically paced verse melodies with a bubbling, two-note staccato chorus."

Personnel

James Brown - lead vocal
Waymond Reed - trumpet
Joe Dupars - trumpet
Levi Rasbury - trombone
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis - alto saxophone
Maceo Parker - tenor saxophone
Eldee Williams - tenor saxophone
St. Clair Pinckney - baritone saxophone
Jimmy Nolen - guitar
Alphonso "Country" Kellum - guitar
Bernard Odum - bass
John "Jabo" Starks - drums

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Next up is song #87, from 1984:


SavoyBG
2019-06-06 21:30:31 UTC
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Song #87 is "Unity" from 1984. It was named on 3 ballots and accumulated exactly 100 points. This one is by Afrika Bambaataa & James Brown together. It was the first recording in which Brown collaborated with a performer associated with hip hop, a then-new idiom heavily influenced by Brown's own funk music. The record's title and its cover showing the two performers clasping hands express solidarity between the two styles. The song's music is similar in its structure to Brown's own funk songs of the late 1960s and 1970s, but uses the drum machine and keyboard-generated timbres of electro. The song's rapped lyrics are on the themes of "Peace, unity, love, and having fun". The single charted #87 R&B.

"Unity" contains several references to Brown's earlier recordings. The song's a cappella opening paraphrases the beginning of his 1970 songs "Get Up, Get Into It and Get Involved","Soul Power" and an instrumental passage in the middle of part 1 is borrowed from his 1969 hit "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose".

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Song # 86 is next. More funk, this time from 1974:


SavoyBG
2019-06-07 03:42:30 UTC
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Song #86 is "Hell" from 1974. It's one of very few songs on the list that was not issued as a single. It was the title track of a double album that reached #35 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.

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Moving up now to song #85, it comes from 1973.


SavoyBG
2019-06-07 12:40:39 UTC
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Song #85 is "The Boss" from 1973. It was issued as the A side of a single but failed to make the Billboard Soul chart. It was on the "Black Caeser" soundtrack album by JB. The album reached #31 on the Billboard LP chart in a 21 week run. The song was sampled in the Nas record "Get Down."

https://e.snmc.io/i/fullres/s/3ac15494a0ec040846e8a506b42c1970/1458756


Okay, after a run of 5 funk things we are heading back to the 50s for song #84.


SavoyBG
2019-06-07 21:04:22 UTC
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Song #84 is "Hold My Baby's Hand" from 1956. The song was mentioned on 5 ballots and totaled 107 points in the voting. It was JB's third single, flip side of "No, No, No, No, No."It was later included on the "Please, Please, Please" album, in 1958.


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Up next is song #83, and we are staying in the 1950s for this one:


SavoyBG
2019-06-08 02:03:28 UTC
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Song #83 is "Messing With The Blues" from 1957. It was on the flip side of "Love Or A Game" and later was included on the "Try Me!" album (in 1959).


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Next up is song #82, and we go to 1970 for this one:


SavoyBG
2019-06-08 04:58:47 UTC
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Song #82 is "Brother Rapp" from 1970. The single reaches #2 on the Billboard Soul Chart and #32 on the Hot 100 Pop Chart. It is included on the "Sex Machine" album, which is a studio album with a phony audience dubbed in.

In his 1986 autobiography, Brown related the lyrical message of "Brother Rapp" to his support of hip hop music:

I admire the rap and the break dancing and all the stuff coming out of hip hop. A lot of the records are messages that express community problems. Used right, those records could help prevent the riots of the sixties from happening again. If you know how a community feels about things, then you can do something about it... That's what my song "Brother Rapp" is all about. A fella is calling on his lady and protesting at the same time: "Don't put me in jail before I get a chance to rap. Here what I'm saying. When you see me on a soapbox out there complaining, don't lock me up. Sit down and join me." And that's what I'm saying about these records. Let 'em testify. Let the brothers rap.

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Coming up now is song #81. This one was JB's last hit single of 1968:


SavoyBG
2019-06-08 12:38:46 UTC
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Diane pointed out:

Writer's credit says James Brown but the song was written by Memphis Slim, recorded by him as "Messing Around (With The Blues)."

Thank you Diane. Here's Slim's version. It was a number one R&B hit in 1948.


SavoyBG
2019-06-08 13:05:04 UTC
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Song #81 is "Goodbye My Love" from 1968. This one reached #9 on the Billboard Soul chart. It was included on the "Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud" album in the spring of 1969. Occasionally some of JB's King singles were issued on label colors other then the usual blue.

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RANK-BALLOTS-POINTS-TITLE
081 - 03-114 - Goodbye My Love
082 - 03-112 - Brother Rapp
083 - 02-112 - Messing With The Blues
084 - 05-107 - Hold My Baby's Hand
085 - 03-107 - The Boss
086 - 03-102 - Hell
087 - 03-100 - Unity
088 - 04-97 - Get It Together
089 - 03-95 - Escape-ism
090 - 02-95 - And I Do Just What I Want
091 - 02-95 - Shoot Your Shot
092 - 03-92 - I Don't Know
093 - 04-87 - Baby Cries Over The Ocean
094 - 03-87 - There It Is
095 - 04-85 - Stoned To The Bone
096 - 02-83 - Signed Sealed and Delivered
097 - 05-82 - It Hurts To Tell You
098 - 03-81 - Got To Cry
099 - 03-79 - Coldblooded
100 - 03-79 - I Don't Care
101 - 03-79 - Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn
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Song #80 is up now. This one is from 1962:


SavoyBG
2019-06-08 16:20:48 UTC
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Song #80 is "Shout And Shimmy" from 1962. It reached #16 on the Billboard R&B chart and got to #61 on the Hot 100 Pop Chart. The critic Douglas Wolk described the song as "a truly shameless ripoff of The Isley Brothers' 1959 hit "Shout"... basically the fast parts of "Shout" with the gospel inflections removed and the word 'shimmy' added." Wolk argues that Brown and The Famous Flames probably performed "Shout and Shimmy" in the October 24, 1962 concerts at which Live at the Apollo was recorded, but that it was left off of the album to prevent sales competition with the studio version of the song. Evidence to support this contention includes the fact that Brown customarily began his concerts with his latest hit (which "Shout and Shimmy" was at the time), and the presence of "Shout and Shimmy"'s a cappella opening ("You know I feel all right...") immediately before the first song on the album, "I'll Go Crazy". James and The Famous Flames sang and performed this song on Dick Clark's American Bandstand,on a telecast dated June 11th, 1962. A performance of "Shout and Shimmy" was the first track on Brown & The Flames' next live album, 1964's Pure Dynamite! Live at the Royal,featuring a comedy skit between Brown and Famous Flame Bobby Bennett.

The song was the title track of the album shown below, with of course, two white people on the cover!

https://e.snmc.io/i/fullres/s/aa829c245d8c1bd08341933837beca27/5689716


We now head back to 1959 for song #79.


SavoyBG
2019-06-08 23:36:45 UTC
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Song #79 is "There Must Be A Reason" from 1959. It was on the flip side of "I Want You So Bad" on a single. It was also included on the "Try Me!" album.


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Song #78 is next, and we jump ahead 20 years to 1979 for this one.


SavoyBG
2019-06-09 05:17:33 UTC
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Song #78 is "It's Too Funky In Here" from 1979. It got to #15 on the Billboard Black chart. It also appeared on the album The Original Disco Man.

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Song #77 is next.


SavoyBG
2019-06-09 13:14:16 UTC
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Song #77 is "Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto," from 1968. The song was written by Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, Charles Bobbit and Hank Ballard and was the lead track on the "A Soulful Christmas" album, also from 1968.

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We now go to song #76. This one is from 1972:


SavoyBG
2019-06-09 16:50:28 UTC
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Song #76 is "Public Enemy #1" from 1972. It expanded upon the idea of "King Heroin" which may or may not be coming up later in the countdown. Both songs were on the "There It Is" album.

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Next up is #75. We go back to 1960 for JB's version of a classic hit from Clyde McPhatter and the Dominoes.


SavoyBG
2019-06-10 01:08:40 UTC
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Song #75 is "The Bells" from 1960. It was his first single on the King label after they moved him over from Federal, the flip side of song #90 "And I Do Just What I Want." "The Bells" reached #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was included on the album "The Amazing James Brown" in 1961.


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"The Bells" played an important part in the early careers of James Brown and The Famous Flames. In their performances on the chitlin' circuit the group would act out the story of bereavement told in the lyrics, pushing a doll representing the dead woman across the stage in a baby carriage. As they passed Brown, he would fall to his knees crying and sobbing, eventually segueing into "Please, Please, Please." The routine was so popular that audiences sometimes became violent if they tried to perform the song without it.

Here is the Dominoes version:




Up next at #74 is JB's first ever release, from January of 1956:


SavoyBG
2019-06-10 05:15:19 UTC
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Song #74 is "Why Do You Do Me" from 1956. It was JB's first release, the flip side of "Please, Please, Please." It was included on the "Try Me!" album in 1959.

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Next up is song #73, from 1960.


SavoyBG
2019-06-10 13:53:07 UTC
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Before we move on, Diane has reminded me that "Why Do You Do Me" was a remake of the original version of the song from the Big Three Trio in 1949.


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2019-06-10 14:05:03 UTC
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Song #73 is "I'll Never, Never Let You Go" from 1960. It was first released on the "Think!" album in 1960, and then on a single in 1961, flip side of "Baby, You're Right." It was named on 5 ballots and totaled 135 points in the voting.

https://e.snmc.io/i/fullres/s/573db9b6552c97f54ef14ed613a2b747/2750067


Song #72 now is an overlooked gem from 1958.


SavoyBG
2019-06-10 19:41:22 UTC
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Song #72 is "Begging, Begging" from 1958. Could be the closest thing that JB ever did to a true doo wop. This was JB's first single release of 1958. It was included on his first album, "Please, Please, Please," later in 1958.

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Song #71 is next, and James, as he did several times, records a version of a song that was a huge hit in the 1940s.


SavoyBG
2019-06-11 00:40:25 UTC
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Song #71 is "Caldonia" from 1964. An audience was dubbed in to the recording to make it seem like a live performance, but nowadays you can get the recording without the phony audience. This record was on the Smash label. James had left King for a short while in 1964. A lawsuit ensued and for a while he was only permitted to make instrumentals for Smash until the lawsuit was settled and he was back on King. Billboard did not have an R&B chart in 1964, but "Caldonia" did make the Cash Box R&B chart that year, peaking at #39. It also made the Billboard Pop chart, getting to #95. The song of course was a monster hit by Louis Jordan in 1945, when JB turned 17.


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RANK-BALLOTS-POINTS-SONG TITLE
071 - 03-145 - Caldonia
072 - 03-138 - Begging, Begging
073 - 05-135 - I'll Never, Never Let You Go
074 - 05-133 - Why Do You Do Me Like You Do
075 - 03-133 - The Bells
076 - 03-127 - Public Enemy #1
077 - 03-125 - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
078 - 03-124 - It's Too Funky In Here
079 - 04-119 - There Must Be A Reason
080 - 03-119 - Shout And Shimmy
081 - 03-114 - Goodbye My Love
082 - 03-112 - Brother Rapp
083 - 02-112 - Messing With The Blues
084 - 05-107 - Hold My Baby's Hand
085 - 03-107 - The Boss
086 - 03-102 - Hell
087 - 03-100 - Unity
088 - 04-97 - Get It Together
089 - 03-95 - Escape-ism
090 - 02-95 - And I Do Just What I Want
091 - 02-95 - Shoot Your Shot
092 - 03-92 - I Don't Know
093 - 04-87 - Baby Cries Over The Ocean
094 - 03-87 - There It Is
095 - 04-85 - Stoned To The Bone
096 - 02-83 - Signed Sealed and Delivered
097 - 05-82 - It Hurts To Tell You
098 - 03-81 - Got To Cry
099 - 03-79 - Coldblooded
100 - 03-79 - I Don't Care
101 - 03-79 - Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn
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Song #70 is up now, and we head to 1962 for this one.


SavoyBG
2019-06-11 05:00:01 UTC
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Song #70 is "Why Does Everything Happen To Me" from 1959. It was first released on the "Try Me!" album in 1959, and later was the flip side of "Night Train" on a single in 1962.

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Next up at #69 is a track from 1980.


SavoyBG
2019-06-11 13:21:38 UTC
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Song #69 is "Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses) from 1980. The single reached #46 in a 13 week run on the Billboard Black chart. It also appeared on the album "Soul Syndrome." The song was essentially a disco reworking of "The Payback."


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Next up is song #68. It's the flip side of a big hit.


SavoyBG
2019-06-11 19:13:17 UTC
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Song #68 is "Tell Me What I Did Wrong" from 1958. It's on the flip side of "Try Me." It was included on the "Please, Please, Please" album in 1968. It's one of my favorites, #13 on my ballot. Me and 3 other voters with excellent taste had in on our ballots!


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Moving down to song #67, this one is from 1957.


SavoyBG
2019-06-12 00:54:07 UTC
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Song #67 is "That Dood It" from 1957. It's the flip side of song #93 "Baby Cries Over The Ocean." The song was written by Rose Marie McCoy and Rudolph Toombs, two veteran R&B songwriters of the 50s who each wrote several hits during the decade. The song was included on the "Please, Please, Please" album in 1958.

If you're not familiar with the promo copies of King, Federal and DeLuxe 45's from the 50s you'll get the idea with the image below. They contained a few lines about the artist.

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Okay, after a couple of 1950s tracks we head back to the funk era for song #66:


SavoyBG
2019-06-12 05:14:46 UTC
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Song #66 is "I Got Ants In My Pants" from 1973. It reached #4 on the Billboard Soul chart and got to #27 on the Pop chart. It was not on any album until later collections of hits.

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Song #65 is next, from 1974:


SavoyBG
2019-06-12 13:16:15 UTC
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Song #65 is "Funky President (People It's Bad)" from 1974. The single reached #44 on the Billboard Pop chart and got to #4 on the Black Chart. The flip side was song #99 on this list, "Coldblooded." The song was included on the "Reality" album. According to Brown the "funky president" of the song's title was meant to refer to U.S. President Gerald Ford, who had succeeded Richard Nixon in the White House shortly before it was recorded. David Sanborn plays alto sax on the track.

"Funky President" is one of James Brown's most frequently sampled recordings. The most rhythmic portions of the song, namely the intro drum fill and wah-wah guitar have been used on dozens of hip hop tracks, shown below:

Eric B. & Rakim - "Eric B. Is President"/"Make 'Em Clap to This"
MC Shan - Kill That Noise
N.W.A. - "Fuck Tha Police"
Guy - "Groove Me"
Salt-N-Pepa - "Shake Your Thing"
Public Enemy - "Fight the Power"
Heavy D & the Boyz - "We Got Our Own Thang"
Brand Nubian - "All for One"
Ice Cube - "Jackin' for Beats"
LL Cool J - "6 Minutes of Pleasure"
Johnny Gill - "Rub You the Right Way"
King Tee - "At Your Own Risk"
Ronny Jordan - Come With Me (1993)
Ronny Jordan - Bad Brother (1993)
Wreckx-N-Effect - "New Jack Swing"
UMC's - "One to Grow On"
Kid 'N Play - "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody"
Digital Underground - "Kiss You Back"
Paperboy - "Ditty"
Run-DMC - "Faces"
Bebe's Kids - Freedom
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth feat. Grand Puba - "Skinz"
Kris Kross - "I Missed the Bus"
Guru - "Trust Me"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "Summertime"
Beastie Boys - "Hey Ladies"
KRS-One - "Outta Here"
Arts n Crafts - Surley (1990)
Naughty by Nature - "Hip Hop Hooray"
MC Breed - "Gotta Get Mine"
A Tribe Called Quest - "Oh My God"
Kid 'N Play - "Last Night"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince - "I'm Looking for the One (To Be with Me)"
Digital Underground - "Wussup Wit the Luv"
Usher - "Call Me a Mack"
Black Eyed Peas and Q-Tip feat. Talib Kweli, Cee-Lo Green and John Legend - "Like That"
Tony! Toni! Toné! - "Feels Good"
The D.O.C. - "It's Funky Enough"
Heavy D & the Boyz - "Blue Funk"
Poor Righteous Teachers - "Rock Dis Funky Joint"
Del the Funky Homosapien - "If You Must"
Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean - "Clique"
Rick Ross feat. Kanye West - "Live Fast, Die Young"
Pusha T and Kanye West - "New God Flow"
Kanye West feat. Pusha T - "Runaway (Video Version)"
Michel'le feat. Dr. Dre - "Nicety"
Ghostface Killah - "Mighty Healthy"
Nice & Smooth - "Sex, Sex, Sex"
Mic Geronimo feat. Ja Rule, Jay-Z, and DMX - "Time to Build"
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Outro
Childish Gambino - "3005"
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist - "Funky"
Sugar Ray - "Falls Apart"
Yolanda Adams - "Fly Like An Eagle (Medley)"
De La Soul - "Freedom of Speak (We Got Eight Minutes)"
De La Soul - "Ghetto Thang"
LL Cool J - "Fast Peg"
LL Cool J - "Ain't No Stoppin' This"
Heavy D and the Boyz - "Gyrlz, They Love Me"
Logic - "We Get High"
Cella Dwellas - "Perfect Match"
Run the Jewels - "Get It"
Big Sean - "Ashley"
Spoonie Gee - "Spoonie Is Back"
The X-Ecutioners feat. DJ Premier - "Premier's X-Ecution"
Large Professor - "I Juswanna Chill"
Pete Rock feat. Black Thought and Rob-O - "It's About That Time"
2Pac feat. Richie Rich - "Lie to Kick It"
Lord Finesse - "True and Livin'"
Logic - "The Spotlight"
Pete Rock feat. C.L. Smooth - "Da Two"
Gang Starr - "Gotta Get Over (Taking Loot)"
A Tribe Called Quest - "Show Business"
The Offspring - "Original Prankster"
DJ Kay Slay feat. Fat Joe and 50 Cent - "Free Again"
Gang Starr - "Knowledge"
Violadores del Verso - "Mierda"
Shanice - "I Love Your Smile (Driza Bone Club Mix)"
Citizen King - "Better Days (And the Bottom Drops Out)"
Calvin Harris - "C.U.B.A"

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Next up at song #64 is one of the few tracks on this list that was not issued as a single.


SavoyBG
2019-06-12 18:03:54 UTC
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Song #64 is "Blues And Pants" from the "Hot Pants" album in 1971. It's the highest ranking song on the countdown that was only listed on 3 ballots. This track was sampled in over 100 songs, including..

Just Playing (Dreams) by The Notorious B.I.G. (1994)
Put It On by Big L feat. Kid Capri (1994)
Scarface by Geto Boys (1989)
What About Your Friends by TLC (1992)
New Jack Hustler by Ice-T (1991)

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And after 3 funk records we go back to the 50s for song #63:


SavoyBG
2019-06-13 00:41:36 UTC
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Song #63 is "Don't Let It Happen To Me" from 1959. It was the flip side of "Good, Good Lovin'" on a single and was also included on the "Try Me!" album that same year. It was listed on 5 ballots and accumulated 161 points in the voting.

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Up next at #62 is more funk. This time from 1974:


SavoyBG
2019-06-13 05:13:45 UTC
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Song #62 is "My Thang" from 1974. It was a #1 song on the Billboard Black chart. It was on the double album "Hell." "My Thang" was also sampled on various Hip-Hop songs, including "Brand New Funk" by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince and "Funky Child" by Lords Of The Underground among others. The song was featured in the 1990 psychological horror film Jacob's Ladder.

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Again we head back to the 1950s, this time for song #61:


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2019-06-13 14:56:50 UTC
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We heard song #61, "I Want You So Bad" from 1959. It reached #20 on the Billboard R&B chart, and was JB's first hit that did not feature the Famous Flames singing along with him although they did get label credit on the record. It was included on the "Try Me!" album.

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RANK-BALLOTS-POINTS-TITLE
061 - 05-174 - I Want You So Bad
062 - 05-162 - My Thang
063 - 05-161 - Don't Let It Happen To Me
064 - 03-157 - Blues And Pants
065 - 04-155 - Funky President
066 - 05-154 - I Got Ants In My Pants
067 - 04-151 - That Dood It
068 - 04-148 - Tell Me What I Did Wrong
069 - 04-148 - Rapp Payback (Where iz Moses)
070 - 04-147 - Why Does Everything Happen To Me
071 - 03-145 - Caldonia
072 - 03-138 - Begging, Begging
073 - 05-135 - I'll Never, Never Let You Go
074 - 05-133 - Why Do You Do Me
075 - 03-133 - The Bells
076 - 03-127 - Public Enemy #1
077 - 03-125 - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
078 - 03-124 - It's Too Funky In Here
079 - 04-119 - There Must Be A Reason
080 - 03-119 - Shout And Shimmy
081 - 03-114 - Goodbye My Love
082 - 03-112 - Brother Rapp
083 - 02-112 - Messing With The Blues
084 - 05-107 - Hold My Baby's Hand
085 - 03-107 - The Boss
086 - 03-102 - Hell
087 - 03-100 - Unity
088 - 04-97 - Get It Together
089 - 03-95 - Escape-ism
090 - 02-95 - And I Do Just What I Want
091 - 02-95 - Shoot Your Shot
092 - 03-92 - I Don't Know
093 - 04-87 - Baby Cries Over The Ocean
094 - 03-87 - There It Is
095 - 04-85 - Stoned To The Bone
096 - 02-83 - Signed Sealed and Delivered
097 - 05-82 - It Hurts To Tell You
098 - 03-81 - Got To Cry
099 - 03-79 - Coldblooded
100 - 03-79 - I Don't Care
101 - 03-79 - Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn


Next up at #60 we have one of JB's killer ballads from the early 60s. He had several of these that were huge staples of his live show and were captured on his classic 1963 album "Live At The Apollo." Here is #60.


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2019-06-13 19:16:36 UTC
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Song #60 is "You've Got The Power" from 1960. The female voice on the record is Bea Ford. Released as the B-side of Brown and the Famous Flames' hit recording of "Think," it also charted, reaching #14 R&B and #86 Pop. It was Brown's first recorded duet and his first hit B-side. It was included on the "Think!" album in 1960.

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Coming up now at #59 is a big favorite of mine, from 1961:


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2019-06-14 01:52:41 UTC
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The #59 song on the countdown is "Come Over Here" from 1961. It was listed on 6 ballots and had a total of 178 points in the voting. It was first issued on the album "The Amazing James Brown" in 1961, and then as the flip side of "Shout And Shimmy" on a single in 1962. The song has a very gospel feel with call and response, and is a good illustration of the influence of the "5 Royales" on James Brown.

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Next up at #58 is a funk track that is essentially an instrumental although James does make some comments during the track.


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2019-06-14 05:13:08 UTC
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Song #58 is "Ain't It Funky Now" from 1969. It reached #3 on the soul chart and got to #24 on the pop chart. It is the lead track on the "Ain't It Funky" album.

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Up next at #57 is a track from 1956:


SavoyBG
2019-06-14 12:43:34 UTC
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Song #57 is "Let's Make It" from 1956. It features an opening that comes from "Honky Tonk" by Bill Doggett, which at that time was the biggest selling single ever for Sid Nathan's King Records. It was on the flip side of "Just Won't Do Right," Brown 4th release on Federal. It was included on JB's first album, "Please, Please, Please," in 1958.

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Next up on the countdown is song #56. Some early funk, from 1967.


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2019-06-14 18:27:53 UTC
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Song #56 is "Let Yourself Go" from 1967. Brown recorded "Let Yourself Go" after hours in the Latin Casino nightclub during a ten-day performing engagement there. An edited version of this recording was released as a single, which charted #5 R&B and #46 Pop, and appeared on the album Sings Raw Soul. A 3:47-long unedited version of the recording with overdubbed applause was included on Brown's album Live at the Garden, which was itself recorded during the same Latin Casino engagement. The song first appeared in unedited form without overdubs on the 1991 box set Star Time. Brown and his musicians continued to experiment with the arrangement of "Let Yourself Go" during rehearsals on the road. Eventually a new song, "There Was a Time", developed from the accumulated changes.

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Song #55 is next and it's a killer ballad from 1960.


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2019-06-15 01:13:03 UTC
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Song #55 is "I Know It's True" from 1960. It was the flip side of "I'll Go Crazy" on a single and was included on the "Think!" album, also in 1960. It is the first song on the countdown that was listed on 8 (or more) ballots in the voting.

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Next up is song #54. This one is the flip side of song #57, from 1956:


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2019-06-15 04:40:27 UTC
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Song #54 is "Just Won't Do Right" from 1956. It was JB's 4th release. The song was included on the "Please, Please, Please" album in 1958.

Song #53 is next. This one is from 1958:


SavoyBG
2019-06-15 13:39:20 UTC
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Song #53 is "That's When I Lost My Heart" from 1958. On a single is was the flip side of song #72, "Begging, Begging." It later included on the "Please, Please, Please" album, in 1958.

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Next up is song #52, and we are staying in the 1950s with this one:


SavoyBG
2019-06-15 19:14:29 UTC
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Song #52 is "It Was You" from 1959. This was his last single of the 1950s. It was also included on the "Try Me" album in 1959. "It Was You" was named on 6 ballots and had 207 points in the voting.

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Song #51 is next as we are now halfway through the countdown. This one is from 1956 and is sort of a sequel to "Please, Please, Please."


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2019-06-16 01:09:11 UTC
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Song #51 is "I Won't Plead No More" from late 1956. It was on the flip side of "Chonnie-On-Chon" as a single and later was included on the "Try Me!" album.


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RANK-BALLOTS-POINTS-TITLE
051 - 06-208 - I Won't Plead No More
052 - 06-207 - It Was You
053 - 05-203 - That's When I Lost My Heart
054 - 07-200 - Just Won't Do Right
055 - 08-198 - I Know It's True
056 - 06-195 - Let Yourself Go
057 - 05-182 - Let's Make It
058 - 04-179 - Ain't It Funky Now
059 - 06-176 - Come Over Here
060 - 06-175 - You've Got The Power
061 - 05-174 - I Want You So Bad
062 - 05-162 - My Thang
063 - 05-161 - Don't Let It Happen To Me
064 - 03-157 - Blues And Pants
065 - 04-155 - Funky President
066 - 05-154 - I Got Ants In My Pants
067 - 04-151 - That Dood It
068 - 04-148 - Tell Me What I Did Wrong
069 - 04-148 - Rapp Payback (Where iz Moses)
070 - 04-147 - Why Does Everything Happen To Me
071 - 03-145 - Caldonia
072 - 03-138 - Begging, Begging
073 - 05-135 - I'll Never, Never Let You Go
074 - 05-133 - Why Do You Do Me
075 - 03-133 - The Bells
076 - 03-127 - Public Enemy #1
077 - 03-125 - Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto
078 - 03-124 - It's Too Funky In Here
079 - 04-119 - There Must Be A Reason
080 - 03-119 - Shout And Shimmy
081 - 03-114 - Goodbye My Love
082 - 03-112 - Brother Rapp
083 - 02-112 - Messing With The Blues
084 - 05-107 - Hold My Baby's Hand
085 - 03-107 - The Boss
086 - 03-102 - Hell
087 - 03-100 - Unity
088 - 04-97 - Get It Together
089 - 03-95 - Escape-ism
090 - 02-95 - And I Do Just What I Want
091 - 02-95 - Shoot Your Shot
092 - 03-92 - I Don't Know
093 - 04-87 - Baby Cries Over The Ocean
094 - 03-87 - There It Is
095 - 04-85 - Stoned To The Bone
096 - 02-83 - Signed Sealed and Delivered
097 - 05-82 - It Hurts To Tell You
098 - 03-81 - Got To Cry
099 - 03-79 - Coldblooded
100 - 03-79 - I Don't Care
101 - 03-79 - Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn
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As we break into the top 50, song #50 comes from 1959:


SavoyBG
2019-06-16 05:14:17 UTC
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Song #50 is "I've Got To Change" from 1959. It was on a single and also was on the "Try Me!" album that same year.

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Song #49 is up now, it's from 1971:


SavoyBG
2019-06-16 13:22:49 UTC
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Song #49 is "Make It Funky" from 1971. This one reached #1 on the Billboard Soul Chart and got to #22 on their Pop Chart. I like near the end of the long version where he wants the guitarist to play like BB King. In 2005, the bassline to all four parts was ranked at number 2 in Stylus Magazine's list of the "Top 50 Basslines of All Time."

Here's a few songs that sampled "Make It Funky."
Ice-T - Make It Funky
Marley Marl - Droppin' Science
Slum Village - I Don't Know
Kingdom - Every Beat Of My Heart

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Next up we go back to 1960 for song #48.


SavoyBG
2019-06-16 17:41:56 UTC
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Song #48 is "This Old Heart" from 1960. It was his last single that was issued on Federal before moved over to King. It was included on the "Think!" album, also in 1960.


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Song #47 is next, and it's quite different from what we just heard.


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2019-06-17 00:05:01 UTC
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Song #47 is "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" from 1970. It reached #4 on the Billboard Soul Chart and #34 on the Hot 100 Pop Chart. It features backing vocals by Bobby Byrd, who shared writing credit for the song with Brown and Ron Lenhoff. This was one of several songs by Brown with an upfront social message. The song first received an album release on "In the Jungle Groove" in 1986.

Here are a few Hip Hop records that sampled "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved."

Public Enemy – "Brothers Gonna Work It Out" and "Can't Truss It"
BDP – "South Bronx"
MC Shan – "Juice Crew Law"
Full Force – "Ain't My Type of Hype"

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Song #46 is next, some early funk from 1966:


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2019-06-17 05:14:12 UTC
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Song #46 is "Money Won't Change You" from 1966. It was recorded at Talent Masters Studio in New York City. The single reached #11 on the Billboard Soul Chart. It was included on the "James Brown Sings Raw Soul" album in 1967.

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Song #45 is next. Another great early one:


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2019-06-17 13:08:21 UTC
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Song #45 is "No, No, No, No, No" from 1956. This was JB's third single, flip side of "Hold My Baby's Hand," which was #84 on this list. It was included on the "Please, Please, Please" album in 1958.

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Song #44 is next, it's from 1970.


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2019-06-17 18:13:57 UTC
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Song #44 is "It's A New Day" from 1970. The single reached #3 on the Billboard Soul Chart and #32 on their Pop Chart. It was also the lead track on the " It's A New Day So Let A Man Come In" album in that same year.

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Song #43 is next, and we again jump way back to 1956 for this one:


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2019-06-18 00:09:43 UTC
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Song #43 is "I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On" from 1956. It was JB's second single, the follow up to "Please, Please, Please" in 1956. It was also included on the "Please, Please, Please" album, in 1958.

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Song #42 is next, from 1968:


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2019-06-18 05:05:09 UTC
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Song #42 is "Licking Stick, Licking Stick" from 1968. It was written by James Brown, Bobby Byrd, and Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis and recorded by Brown as a two-part single in 1968. Byrd provides backing vocals on the song. It was the first stereo single release by King Records. The song was later included on the album Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud. The title of the song refers to a stick used to administer corporal punishment (a "licking"). The single reached #2 on the Billboard Soul Chart and got to #14 on their Pop Chart.


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Song #41 is next. It's a B side that was very popular in some markets.


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2019-06-20 20:51:07 UTC
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Song #89 is "Escape-ism" from 1971. It was Brown's first release on his own label, People Records. The single reached #6 on the Billboard Soul chart and clearly was influential in the start of rap and hip hop soon after. The long version of the track is on the "Hot Pants" album. The previously unreleased nineteen-minute unedited take of the track appearing on the album's 1992 CD re-release. According to Robert Christgau the song was "supposedly cut to kill time until Bobby Byrd arrived" at the studio.
So, funny story, now not then. First year in radio I was the 5 to 10 PM jock at WNNT, Warsaw, By God, VA: Country during the day, A C for PM drive, and Top 40 evenings. Because the population was about 50% black and 50% white I developed a Salt and Pepper format: Three Dog Night, Supremes - Guess Who, Stevie Wonder, etc. I would tape requests on a Reel to Reel and play them back over the Intros.

Phone rings: "WNNT What's your request?"
"Scapzm."
"I'm sorry, What?"
"I wahh hear Scapzm."
"One more time. Give me the name of the song and the artist."
Loud and clear: "I WANNA HEAR XSCAPISM BY JAMES BROWN."
"Great. Thanks for calling."

Now, as I'm hanging the phone up, thinking he's already hung up, I mutter to myself, "dumb ass."

I cue the tape, start Escapism, hit the tape and play the request. And just before JB's first word I hear, "Dumb Ass."

Then the phone rings. The previous caller asks what time I get off. I say 10 PM, why? He says, "'Cause I'll be there at 10:00 PM to KICK YOUR ASS...DUMB ASS!"

Luckily he didn't show. I know because I stayed there until 5:30 AM when the morning guy showed up.

Ray
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2019-06-20 21:01:49 UTC
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Song #89 is "Escape-ism" from 1971. It was Brown's first release on his own label, People Records. The single reached #6 on the Billboard Soul chart and clearly was influential in the start of rap and hip hop soon after. The long version of the track is on the "Hot Pants" album. The previously unreleased nineteen-minute unedited take of the track appearing on the album's 1992 CD re-release. According to Robert Christgau the song was "supposedly cut to kill time until Bobby Byrd arrived" at the studio.
So, funny story, now not then. First year in radio I was the 5 to 10 PM jock at WNNT, Warsaw, By God, VA: Country during the day, A C for PM drive, and Top 40 evenings. Because the population was about 50% black and 50% white I developed a Salt and Pepper format: Three Dog Night, Supremes - Guess Who, Stevie Wonder, etc. I would tape requests on a Reel to Reel and play them back over the Intros.
Phone rings: "WNNT What's your request?"
"Scapzm."
"I'm sorry, What?"
"I wahh hear Scapzm."
"One more time. Give me the name of the song and the artist."
Loud and clear: "I WANNA HEAR XSCAPISM BY JAMES BROWN."
"Great. Thanks for calling."
Now, as I'm hanging the phone up, thinking he's already hung up, I mutter to myself, "dumb ass."
I cue the tape, start Escapism, hit the tape and play the request. And just before JB's first word I hear, "Dumb Ass."
Then the phone rings. The previous caller asks what time I get off. I say 10 PM, why? He says, "'Cause I'll be there at 10:00 PM to KICK YOUR ASS...DUMB ASS!"
Luckily he didn't show. I know because I stayed there until 5:30 AM when the morning guy showed up.
Ray
I remember this, I could hear your asshole puckering all the way in New Jersey!
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