♫ I Got You (I Feel Good) ♫

Last night, I did not play a music post.  Not that I didn’t have a song in my heart, for I actually had several.  But, by 2:00 a.m. I was simply too exhausted to do any more, so I took my weary body up the 15 stairs to bed, where I … lay awake pondering until after 5:00 a.m.  Sigh … I wonder if I can file a suit against the people who are costing me my much-needed beauty sleep?  Anyway … tonight I am a bit ahead of the game, and while still exhausted (I think it’s a perpetual state of being these days), I have a bit more spunk and a song in my head to share with you!

The year was 1964, the artist … James Brown.  The tune was the one that became James Brown’s signature tune … I Feel Good!

This song has a very convoluted release history. Brown recorded it in September 1964 and leased it, along with some of his other songs, to Smash Records, who planned to release it as a single but couldn’t because Brown’s label, King Records, filed a lawsuit. In October 1964, a judge ruled that Smash Records would be allowed to issue only instrumental recordings by Brown, and all masters of vocals by JB would become property of King Records.

The song was pulled, but Brown had already been promoting it: he played it on the road (335 nights a year) and performed it on The T.A.M.I. Show and Shindig, as well as a movie called Ski Party. Brown then recorded a new version of the song in May 1965 at Criteria Studios in Miami, creating the first gold record to come out of Criteria, where the Eagles did Hotel California and Derek and the Dominos did Layla. Released by King Records, it shot to the top of the R&B charts, where it stayed for six weeks, and also went to #3 on the Hot 100, Brown’s highest placing on that chart.

The original 1964 version of this song had no guitar. When Brown redid it 1965, he made his screams more pronounced and added some instrumentation, including more sax. Some of the players on the recording were Maceo Parker on sax, his brother Melvin Parker on drums, Nat Jones on organ and Bernard Odum on bass.

Some of the movies that used this song include Good Morning, VietnamThe Nutty ProfessorWhite Men Can’t JumpUndercover Brother and Transformers. TV shows that used it include The SimpsonsMiami Vice and The Cosby Show.

I Got You (I Feel Good)
James Brown

Wo! I feel good, I knew that I wouldn’t of
I feel good, I knew that I wouldn’t of
So good, so good, I got you

Wo! I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you

When I hold you in my arms
I know that I can do no wrong
and when I hold you in my arms
My love won’t do you no harm

and I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, I got you

When I hold you in my arms
I know that I can’t do no wrong
and when I hold you in my arms
My love can’t do me no harm

and I feel nice, like sugar and spice
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
So nice, so nice, well I got you

Wo! I feel good, I knew that I wouldn’t of
I feel good, I knew that I would
So good, so good, ’cause I got you
So good, so good, ’cause I got you
So good, so good, ’cause I got you

Hey! Oh yeah-a…

Songwriters: JAMES BROWN
I Got You (I Feel Good) lyrics © Almo Music Corp., Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, Universal Music Corp.

23 thoughts on “♫ I Got You (I Feel Good) ♫

  1. I have a contest idea for you Jill. NAME THE SYNDROME CONTEST. Symptoms can include depression, exhaustion, unrestful sleep, lack of motivation, overwhelming sadness, need to rant and snark, disbelief, amazement at how stupid people can be, and so on, etc, etc, etc. I think if we can come up with a good name, we can get it added to the DSM-VII before it gets publushed.

    The Godfather of Soul is one of the most enthusiastic entertainers ever born. Put him on stage and he was non-stop motion. I never saw him live, but just listening to his records you could feel him dancing in the studio. He is pure energy. I know he is dead, but his music keeps him alive like few others. RIP, JB, dead but living forever.

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