"My Thang" was one of James Brown's biggest hits (including his sensational 1966 R&B chart-topper/number eight pop ballad "It's a Man's Man's Man's World") in which the singer was backed by New York studio musicians. The deliciously searing, funky cut was recorded on November 27, 1973, at New York's A&R Studios with drummer Jimmy Madison (a Cincinnati transplant who sporadically worked with Brown and bandleader Dave Matthews at King Records), bassist Gordon Edwards, guitarists Joe Beck and Sam Brown, tenor saxists Joe Farrell and Frank Vicari, percussionist Sue Evans, and Michael Gipson on trombone and alto sax. Former Brown regular Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis returned to lay down baritone sax in between his NY playing dates. The cut led the era of Brown's "new new super heavy funk." Written and produced by James Brown, "My Thang" took over the number one R&B spot for two weeks and trekked to number 29 pop in summer 1974. It was on his Hell album (Top Two R&B/Top 35 pop), which also boasted the radio-aired LP favorite "Coldblooded" and the number one R&B/Top 31 pop hit "Papa Don't Take No Mess."