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At number 26 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 greatest songwriters is James Brown. Brown was born into poverty in South Carolina, when he was 4 or 5 his family moved to Georgia. He grew up signing gospel, which is still a common route for many black artists.

Brown first came to prominence in the late 1950s, but it was in the 1960s that his career hit its peak. This is when he had most of his biggest hits, including the song which I am including here, “I Got You (I Feel Good)”. His nickname was The Godfather of Soul, and he developed a reputation for his energetic live performances. His album Live at the Apollo is at number 25 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums, I blogged about that album here.



At number 26 in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time is James Brown.

At number 26 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time is James Brown.



In the early 1970s Brown developed his sound further, and is often credited with starting the musical genre known as funk. In the mid-1970s his career went into decline, including a stint in prison in the late 1980s when he was convicted on drug and weapon possession charges. He was sentencted to six years, he was released on parole after serving two years of his sentence. He set about rebuilding his career and his reputation. He died in 2006 from heart failure. He is considered one of the most influential songwriters of the 1950s and 1960s.

Here are the lyrics to “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, not that the lyrics are that important. It’s all about the groove 🙂


Wo! I feel good, I knew that I wouldn’t of
I feel good, I knew that I wouldn’t of
So good, so good, I got you

Wo! 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 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

Wo! I feel good, I knew that I wouldn’t of
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

[End lick]

[Short pause, drum cue]

Hey! Oh yeah-a…


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!






Which is your favourite James Brown song?

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