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Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag by Snuppy
Tuesday, 26 December 2006, 9:16am
Filed under: music music

The Godfather of Soul, or the Hardest Working Man in Show Business will work no more. JAMES BROWN died yesterday at the age of 73 from pneumonia or what was then reported as congenital heart failure, leaving this world with a lot less soul. Almost ironic for a man who could dance as he could — to watch the guy perform, you’d have thought he had the body of a man much younger and wow, did he have the moves. Seemed that he might go on forever.

You can’t not say that you were a fan of James Brown as he was truly an icon. It’s always sad to me when someone of his stature in music dies, as a little piece of the history goes with him. And his was a strong piece of American music — soul, funk and rap all sprung forth from his fancy footwork.

Brown started off in the Depression era in this country shining shoes and ended up with the hardest working feet in show business. Not bad for a Black man, during those times.

Here’s a little clip that showcases some of the talent of a man known variously as Soul Brother Number One, Mr. Dynamite, the Hardest-Working Man in Show Business, Minister of The New New Super Heavy Funk, Mr. Please Please Please, The Boss, and the best-known, the Godfather of Soul — enjoy. 

~ DJ Lampsha


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it wasn’t the greatest way to start off our morning yesterday, learning of James Brown’s passing… i mean, the man was only 73, for crying out loud. actually, it was a bit of a surprise to know he was so young, come to think of it — i can’t remember a time there WASN’T James Brown music in my life.

Thanks for this fabulous post/tribute, Lampsha… a sad passage, to be sure, but to watch the video is to be reminded of how he single-handedly brought so much joy into the lives of so many. i mean, those spins alone can make a grown man (and/or woman) smile! and don’t even get me started on those “splits”. whoo! xox (snuppy)

Comment by One Hot Puppy

I thought he was simply great. You’re right G, about having a lot less soul around now.
Still, I can’t but thinking of the SNL skits with James Brown (Eddie Murphy) in the hot tub…

Comment by Pavel

Isn’t it interesting living in the media age? On the one hand, here is an icon who has spent his entire performing life being recorded, and yet we don’t think of the person behind the music only the images. As long as humans play music, James Brown will be remembered.

Do you think we will?

Comment by Brian

One of the greatest performers of all time, to be sure. He pretty much kept doing what he loved to do right up to the end…as it should be.

Comment by BoBo

Snuppy: I know, I thought the same thing 73? Then when you think of his performing still, you’d say 73! I was thinking the same thing with the splits! Wow! He’ll be missed.

Pavel: I’m laughing as I loved those skits and came across one of Eddie Murhpy dressed as James Brown in drag as Annie (the sun’ll come out tomorrow). Too funny. You’re right though, he was simply great.

Brian: I didn’t know him personally, I am honoring what I know of him – his music. His personal life is for his family to remember. Of course there will be retrospectives and reflections. And the answer to do you think we will? Each of us touch lives in our own way so of course we would be remembered; the better question may be how.

Bobo: Indeed Bobo, he actually had about four shows in the area this coming week.

Comment by DJ Lampsha

Oh, His energy will be missed. I Feel Good will sound a bit different from now on. D

Comment by FelineFrisky

Dear Dr. Snark,

Whoa-oa-oa! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
I feel good, I knew that I would, now
So good, so good, I got you

Whoa! I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you

{ sax, two licks to bridge }

When I hold you in my arms
I know that I can’t do no wrong
and when I hold you in my arms
My love won’t do you no harm

and I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you

{ sax, two licks to bridge }

When I hold you in my arms
I know that I can’t do no wrong
and when I hold you in my arms
My love can’t do me no harm

and I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, well I got you

Whoa! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
I feel good, I knew that I would
So good, so good, ’cause I got you
So good, so good, ’cause I got you
So good, so good, ’cause I got you

My question is, is this normal?


Bagged Papa Just Two Sax Licks from the Brooklyn Bridge

Comment by Al

I couldn’t agree more Diane – his energy was amazing!

Comment by DJ Lampsha

Al, Well we’re on the road…but, define “sugar and spice”.

Now take it to the bridge!

Comment by Dr. Snark

James Brown rocked … er … or should I say James Brown “souled”? In any event, he surely was an icon, and I love icons. In fact, I have a rare psychological disorder called iconphilia. I’d rather not go into the details here. I’m getting better.

Comment by Dan

I’ve always liked James Brown. When my sister and I were in HS I enjoyed rocking out to James Brown as I got ready in the morning – she hated it, which made me love it more. (She especially hated the BeeGee’s.) Anyway… I didn’t hear about this until nearly midnight last night. I checked the news and saw it and my dad said “Oh didn’t you hear that?” I guess I was partying it up with my family during that time.

I enjoyed watching this video that g found – and of course Thea danced right away!

Comment by cj

Dan, glad to hear it, but did it involve stalking or clippings of celebrities’ hair?

cj: Nothing like a little Godfather of Soul to make you “get up off of that thang”! I’m trying to conjure the soundtrack that included both James Brown and the BeeGees (love them both).

Go Thea, Julian too!

Comment by DJ Lampsha

By the way cj, hope you had a nice celebration with your family!

Comment by DJ Lampsha

A soulful tribute, DJ Lampsha. Thanks.

Comment by Diesel

RIP James Brown (resisting urge to make an “I feel good” play on words).

Snuppy & Lampy – I hope you and yours and all our fellow snarksters enjoyed a wonderful holiday!

Comment by Sar

I heard Terry Gross’ interview of James Brown during lunch. He seemed like an intelligent business man and we all know he’s talent as all get out. But, my goodness, you gotta try hard to understand that man…

Comment by Pavel

what a day! i’d like to say i haven’t been around since this morning because, since Joel took the whole week off, we’ve been out doing something special and/or exciting, alas, we were not. (unless getting out for our TGSNWM’s — followed by a 3 mile speed-walk can be deemed special and/or exciting. which, come to think of it, beats a sharp stick in the eye, on *both* counts, but i digress!)

anyway — the insanity of yesterday’s low-key holiday celebration wiped me out (who knew that stupid turkey was gonna take so freakin’ long to cook?? not me, that’s for sure) so i followed my fatigue, went back to bed, and took a long winterish nap. followed, of course, by the aforementioned TGSNWM’ *and* that walk. now i’m back — and happy to be groovin’ along with everyone else to this wonderful video/tribute! Lampsha, you did GOOD! ba da da da da da da… like i knew that you would, now — ba da da da da da da. (little JB-ishness there. very little. okay, and very lame. but my heart — and feet — were in the right place! that’s good for something, right?) xox

Comment by snuppy

Diesel, It’s the least I could do – well this and a split, so basically it was the most I could do. thanks for dropping in.

Sar: No need to resist urges, you’re in The Snark. Thanks Sar – you too. xox

Pavel: True true, you had to strain to understand.

Snuppy: That’s definitely good for something. Now video it and put it up on YouTube and we’ll show it in The Snark. You know, you doing a little JB number. Glad you got a nap in, I got one in under my desk – nice and dark like a cave under there.

Comment by DJ Lampsha

Wow, I didn´t know until I just got here. I would have thought that this would have made the news here in Iceland.
What a big name, an icon and personality.
he will leave quite some big shoes to fill, I guess 🙂

Comment by Penguin

I wonder if it made the Spanish news? We watch CNN so it definitely made it there! Plus reading the SF Chronicle (every day for the 3 years we have been here! I guess letting go was never a part of my agenda! Bwahahahaaaa!) everyday I did hear of it…

I know not much of the man, unfortunately the press releases that I had been exposed to were always negative but having said that, his talent was unique and my god the energy! He worked right to the end, doing what he loved and that is a blessing if ever anything was! May he rest in peace!

Besos to all!

Comment by Catty Yummy Mummy

Well it shows how news is covered locally versus internationally I guess. But I would think since he was so iconic, it would be news…but then again. And CatYummy, I agree he’s had some troubled times and events that have been less than positive over the past decade. But I was saddened to hear of his death nonetheless for as Penguin said those are some big shoes to fill!

Besos to you both. xox

Comment by DJ Lampsha

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