On this day in music history: June 4, 1966 - “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown & The Famous Flames hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #8 on the Hot 100 on the same date. Written by James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome, it is the third R&B chart topper and third top ten pop single for “The Hardest Working Man In Show Business”. The song is initially written in 1963 with his then girlfriend Betty Jean Newsome under the title “I Cried” and recorded by Brown protege Tammy Montgomery (aka Tammi Terrell). Changes are again made to the song and Brown records it as “It’s A Man’s World” in 1964. The final released version is recorded at Talent Masters Studios in New York City on February 16, 1966. Using outside studio musicians including drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Brown also hires arranger Sammy Lowe for the session to write the horn and string charts as well as conduct the string section. Released in early April of 1966, it is an immediate hit. “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World” becomes James Brown’s fourth million selling single in the US. The song is covered by numerous artists over the years, including versions by Tom Jones, Grand Funk, Van Morrison, Joss Stone, and The Residents. The intro of Michael Jackson’s single “Bad” samples the horns from the beginning of “It’s A Man’s World”, as well as being sampled by Ice Cube on his song “It’s A Man’s World”, and Alicia Keys hit “Fallin’”. Brown delivers a memorable performance of the song with opera tenor Luciano Pavarotti, during the “Pavarotti & Friends” live concert in Modena, Italy in 2002. Singer Christina Aguilera performs a show stopping rendition of “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”, during a tribute to the R&B icon on the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in February of 2007.
What would music be like without the Wild Women that have laid the foundation and those that keep the wildness flowing? We’d honestly never encountered this singing and dancing no-nonsense woman until just recently, and now,Sugar Pie DeSanto, is a mainstay.
Umpeylia Marsema Balinton was born October 16, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York to an African American mother and a Filipino father. Her parents moved their eleven children to San Francisco, California, early on in her life.
Happy birthday to the man that everyone got it from. The Godfather, The Hardest Working Man in Show Business, Mr. Dynamite, Soul Brother Number One, The Minister of the New New Super Heavy Funk…James Brown.
Born on this day: May 3, 1933 - “The Godfather Of Soul, The Hardest Working Man In Show Business”, the incomparable James Brown (born James Joseph Brown in Barnwell, SC). Happy Birthday to one of most influential musicians in history on what would have been his 84th Birthday.