James Brown

I Got the Feelin'

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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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I Got the Feelin' 1968 Polydor 2:36
No Image 1977 Polydor 0:00
Greatest Hits [Rhino] 1985 Rhino
The CD Of J.B: Sex Machine & Other Soul Classics 1985 Polydor 2:40
Star Time 1991 Polydor 2:39
20 All-Time Greatest Hits! 1991 Polydor 2:38
At Studio 54 1994 Charly Records 3:10
No Image 1995 Excelsior Recordings
Golden Hits [Intercontinental] 1996 Intercontinental Records 2:20
Foundations of Funk - A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969 1996 Chronicles / Polydor / Universal Distribution 3:05
Dead Presidents, Vol. 2 1996
Original Soundtrack
Capitol / EMI Records 2:38
40th Anniversary Collection 1996 Polydor 2:37
Mega Funk 1996
Various Artists
Wotre Records 2:22
James Brown's Golden Classics 1997 Intercontinental Records 3:34
Golden Hits [Galaxy] 1997 Galaxy Music 2:18
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Relativity 2:38
Funky Goodtime 1998 Prism Platinum 3:34
No Image 1998 Polydor / Polygram 2:37
Godfathers of Soul 1998 St. Clair / Boxsets 3:36
Gold Collection [Fine Tune] 1998 Fine Tune 2:18
Soul Sensations [Direct Source] 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:30
Remixed Dance Hits 2001 Golden Music / Cleopatra 3:57
Legendary Party Hits 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:35
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:35
Party Hits: 50's & 60's 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:35
Soul Sensations [Columbia River] 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 3:35
The James Brown Collection, Vol. 2 2001 Dressed To Kill 2:08
Out of Sight: Greatest Hits 2002 Universal International 2:37
James Brown & Friends 2002 Laserlight 3:35
Old School Funk Jams 2003
Various Artists
Thump Records 2:36
The 50th Anniversary Collection 2003 UTV / Polydor / Universal 2:37
Gold: Greatest Hits 2004 Universal International 2:39
Give It Up or Turn It Loose 2004 Pazzazz 2:18
Number 1's 2007 Polydor 2:37
Gold 2007 Polydor 2:39
The Singles, Vol. 5: 1967-1969 2008 Hip-O Select / Polydor 2:38
Playlist Plus 2008 Polydor 2:39
James Brown [Weton-Wesgram] 2008 Weton-Wesgram 2:20
I Feel Good: Very Best of James Brown 2013 Universal 2:39
Get on Up: The James Brown Story [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2014 Polydor / Universal 2:43
5 Classic Albums 2014 Polydor 1:07
Soul of the '60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:37