Tuesday, February 19, 2013

60's Live: Please, Please, Please by James Brown and The Famous Flames

James Brown, Soul Brother Number One, is the featured artist for today's edition of 60's Live. Choosing a great live performance by Brown was not easy because the man ALWAYS put on a great show. I've decided to share with you James Brown and The Famous Flames' 1964 live performance of 'Please, Please, Please' at the Teenage Awards Music International/Teen Age Music International a.k.a. The T.A.M.I. Show.

James Brown was The Hardest Working Man in Show Business and his catalog was a powerhouse of soul and R&B music. Brown helped develop funk and was an inspiration for hip-hop music. To learn more about his amazing career then check out his bio at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Why did I choose 'Please, Please, Please'? I wanted a James Brown performance that could be seen and heard. Live at The Apollo which was recorded in 1962 is a fantastic album, but I wanted the readers to see how James Brown commanded the stage with his Famous Flames. In my opinion, one of his best live moments was in 1964 when he gave an amazing performance at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for the T.A.M.I. Show.

The T.A.M.I. Show was a popular music event that featured the best acts in rock and roll and R&B. James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Marvin Gaye, Smoky Robinson, and The Supremes were a few of the artists that rocked the house for the T.A.M.I. Show. James Brown and The Famous Flames gave the performance of a lifetime and the poor Rolling Stones, the show's closing act, had to go onstage following Brown's performance. Keith Richards would later say that closing the show ahead of Brown was a major mistake.

TonyDoug Wright is The Lost Soul of Rock and Roll and is also the head writer and owner of Champion City Comics. Follow him @TonyDougWright on Twitter.

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