Episode 39: "Please Please Please" by James Brown and the Famous Flames
Episode thirty-nine of A History of Rock Music in Five Hundred Songs looks at "Please Please Please" by James Brown, and at the early rock and roll career of the Godfather of Soul. Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode.
Patreon backers also have a ten-minute bonus episode available, on "Come Go With Me" by the Del Vikings.
As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode.
I relied mostly on two books for this episode. James Brown: The Godfather of Soul, by James Brown with Bruce Tucker, is a celebrity autobiography with all that that entails, but a more interesting read than many.
Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for the Real James Brown, by James McBride is a more discursive, gonzo journalism piece, and well worth a read.
And this two-CD compilation has all Brown's singles from 1956 through 61.
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