Top Ten Live Clips: #1 – James Brown “Night Train”


It simply doesn’t get any better than this. James Brown in his prime, working a stage like nobody else can. This was part of a 1964 concert film called the T.A.M.I. Show, which featured Brown, along with The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and The Rolling Stones, in front of a rabid teen audience. However, what James Brown did that night far overshadows anything the other acts could muster up. Even The Rolling Stones, who had the unfortunate responsiblity of following Brown’s performance, are tame in comparison. The dance moves that James Brown did that night, starting when the song kicks into double-time at about the 2:15 mark, were so insane and physically impressive, The Stones probably would have had to kill each other on stage to get the crowd riled back up after what they just witnessed.  Watching his mesmerizing footwork is seeing an artform done to perfection – no different than watching Michael Jordan slam dunk, or Salvador Dali paint. I can’t back this up with any physical proof, but by the time the song was over, 70% of the girls in the audience were pregnant! If you ever wondered why James Brown was known as the Godfather of Soul, Mr. Dynamite and The Hardest Working Man In Show Business, well, the stunned look on the faces of the crowd at 2:58 says it all.

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