James Brown

I Got You (I Feel Good)

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James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)" almost was swallowed up by the legal skirmish that touched "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." King Records had won an injunction against Mercury Records to halt any further releases by Brown, who was still contractually bound to King. The record had already began picking up momentum; Brown had performed the song in the American International movie Ski Party starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello and sang the song on a TV appearance on Where the Action Is. Virginia DJ Alan Leeds taped the song from TV, aired it on his radio show, and got a strong response. Brown re-recorded the song, giving it a more sliding, jazzy feel on a May 6, 1965, recording session at Miami's Criteria Studio financed by his friend, Henry Stone, who would later start the TK label, whose roster boasted KC & the Sunshine Band. The musicians were drummer Melvin Parker, saxman Maceo Parker, organist/sax player Nat Jones, and guitarists Jimmy Nolan and Alphonso Kellum. The horn section included St. Clair Pickney, Eldee Williams, and Al Clark. "I Got You (I Feel Good)" topped the R&B charts for six weeks and went to number three pop in late 1965. Other hits from the I Got You (I Feel Good) album (number two R&B, Top 36 pop) included "Lost Someone," a smoking cover of Jimmy Forest's "Night Train," and "Three Hearts in a Tangle."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
40th Anniversary Collection 1996 Polydor 2:46
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:47
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick
The Singles, Vol. 3: 1964-1965 2007 Hip-O Select / Polydor 2:49
Jon Savage Presents 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded 2015
Various Artists
Ace / Kent 2:47
Total 60s
Various Artists
Universal 2:46