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I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown

Album: Out Of SightReleased: 1964Charted:
  • This is a reworking of "I Found You," a song recorded and released by Yvonne Fair and produced by James Brown in 1962. Fair was one of Brown's backup singers on the road.
  • This is the song that became Brown's signature tune and gave him his famous catch phrase, "I Feel Good."

    This song has a very convoluted release history. Brown recorded it in September 1964 and leased it, along with some of his other songs, to Smash Records, who planned to release it as a single but couldn't because Brown's label, King Records, filed a lawsuit. In October 1964, a judge ruled that Smash Records would be allowed to issue only instrumental recordings by Brown, and all masters of vocals by JB would become property of King Records.

    The song was pulled, but Brown had already been promoting it: he played it on the road (335 nights a year) and performed it on The T.A.M.I. Show and Shindig, as well as a movie called Ski Party. Brown then recorded a new version of the song in May 1965 at Criteria Studios in Miami, creating the first gold record to come out of Criteria, where the Eagles did Hotel California and Derek and the Dominos did Layla. Released by King Records, it shot to the top of the R&B charts, where it stayed for six weeks, and also went to #3 on the Hot 100, Brown's highest placing on that chart.
  • The original 1964 version of this song had no guitar. When Brown redid it 1965, he made his screams more pronounced and added some instrumentation, including more sax. Some of the players on the recording were Maceo Parker on sax, his brother Melvin Parker on drums, Nat Jones on organ and Bernard Odum on bass.
  • This is a great example of a funk song with lyrics supporting the groove. It's not poetry, but Brown's series of single-syllable words are accented to hit the beats and support the song's rhythm.
  • Some of the movies that used this song include Good Morning, Vietnam, The Nutty Professor, White Men Can't Jump, Undercover Brother and Transformers. TV shows that used it include The Simpsons, Miami Vice and The Cosby Show.
  • A little chart history on James Brown: He had 16 #1 R&B hits, third to Aretha Franklin (20) and Stevie Wonder (18). On the Billboard Hot 100, "I Got You (I Feel Good)" was the highest-ranking of Brown's 91 chart entries, 44 of which made the Top 40. His next-highest entry was "Living In America," which made #4 in 1986. The Godfather of Soul made more Hot 100 visits without a #1 hit than any other artist.
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Comments: 7

James Brown's backing band; under the name JB's; released three records of their own. The most successful was "Doing It To Death"; it peaked at #22 in 1973...Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
whenever im in the car with my mom (ever since i was a little girl we did this) and this song came on we would pull over in the nearest parkinglot, turn the radio volume all the way up, open the car doors and dance and sing to it! haha i love it! this song makes me so happy! <3Julie Michelle - St. Louis, Mo
RIP JamesJohnny - Los Angeles, Ca
I once heard this song on a laxitive commercial when I was younger. Seriously. Now I can't hear this song without thinking of laxitives!Allen - Bethel, Ak
Was Not Was did a song called [i]I Feel Better Than James Brown[/i].Alan - London, England
LOL good one, Pamela. This is a great song when you're in a good mood.Kurt - Downers Grove, Il
I recently used this song as the processional at my wedding. The audience got a big kick out of it.Pamela - Lubbock, Tx
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