James Brown had just made a triumphant appearance on ABC's Hollywood Palace when he recorded one of his classic hits, "I Got the Feelin'." Still in Los Angeles following the TV performance, Brown and his band began recording the track at Vox Recording Studio in nearby Van Nuys. His crack rhythm section was starting to hit their stride after playing on other chart-topping hits by the singer: saxman Maceo Parker, guitarists Jimmy Nolan and Alphonso Kellum, baritone sax player St. Clair Pickney, and bassist Bernard Odum. Also on the track is drummer Clyde Stubbenfield, who would play on some of Brown's key sides. The horn section included arranger Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis on alto sax, Waymom Reed, Joe Dupars, Levi Rasbury, and Al Clark. "I Got the Feelin'" held the number one R&B spot for two weeks while reaching number six pop in spring 1968. Issued during March 1968, "I Got the Feelin'" marked many significant events in Brown's life. King Records' Syd Nathan, whom the singer credits with "giving him a chance to live his dream," died in March; one of his musical idols, singer Little Willie John, died on March 27; and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 3. Just after the killing, Brown -- in an effort to help to quell some of the resulting rioting -- gave a live TV performance in Boston and appeared on TV and radio and walked the streets in the Washington, D.C., reminding people of all of the ideals that the slain civil rights leader stood for. The I Got the Feelin' album peaked at number eight R&B and landed at number 135 pop.