This week’s Creative Loafing has a nice article remembering the legend that was James Brown. Rather than eulogizing JB in a reporter’s words, author Scott Freeman let the people who knew him best tell the story. So the article is little more than a bunch of stories an quips about the hardest working man in show business.
Alan Leeds: “Cold Sweat” was one of the songs where James Brown reinvented the vocabulary of music. Jerry Wexler [vice president of Atlantic Records] told a writer that “Cold Sweat” just screwed everybody up, that it made every musician have to go back to the drawing board. Every musician in the world was saying, “Holy shit, how’d he do that?” Very few figured it out.
Check it out. It makes for some nice reading.
Also for a pretty thorough bio, including some little known facts about the man of a million monikers (including that he had his eyebrows replaced with tattoos in 1991!), check out JB’s Wikipedia entry.
Also, Apache Cafe is hosting a James Brown Tribute Show on January 20.