Christmas Tribute: James Brown

Last year was not the most merry of Christmases. On that day the music world - heck, the world - lost a true original when the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, passed away. (You can read Richard Harrington's wonderful appreciation, "Eternal Soul," here.) So in honor Mr. Dynamite, the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Mr. Please Please Please, Soul Brother Number One (only the great ones get that many nicknames), enjoy this video tribute to an American Icon. Below is a 1966 performance from "The Ed Sullivan Show" and there are plenty more after the jump.

"It's a Man's Man's Man's World" medley (1968)

"Get Up Get Into It Get Involved" (1971)

"Boo-Ga-Loo" and "Don't Be A Drop-Out" (check out those moves!)

Duet with Luciano Pavarotti (2002)

A Classic Cape Moment (1968)

By David Malitz |  December 25, 2007; 9:40 AM ET Appreciations
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My favorite JB appearance was him playing himself in the BMW "Beat The Devil" film, with Clive Owen, Gary Oldham, and Danny Trejo.

James Brown: It ain't easy to be James Brown and scare the kids.
Devil: Hell, you scare me - and I'm the prince of darkness.

It's a subtly fantastic tribute to James, with humor and music and a little bit of poignancy that you have to be really cynical to not appreciate.

Posted by: 23112 | December 25, 2007 3:19 PM

Why did J. Freedom hate James Brown so much?

Posted by: Douggie | December 26, 2007 9:17 AM

Who said I hated James Brown? (Besides you, I mean.) Love his music and many of the artists he obviously influenced, but I was disappointed by his 9:30 club show in December 2005. Just because he was a legend didn't mean he was above criticism - especially not with those ticket prices. And so I criticized:

Posted by: J. Freedom | December 26, 2007 6:49 PM

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