It’s indeed a great pleasure to present to you at this particular time, the performer nationally and internationally known as the Hardest Working Man In Show Business, Mr. Dynamite, the amazing Mr. Please Please himself, the star of the show, James Brown and the Famous Flames! ~ JB’s hype man, Fats Gonder, firing up the crowd at The Apollo

October 24, 1962 ~ Right in the middle of the damn Cuban Missile Crisis, James Brown records his electrifying stage show for the album Live at the Apollo. The album is #25 on Rolling Stone’s Greatest Albums of All Time and the Library of Congress added it to it’s National Recording Registry in 2004.


The record label reluctantly issues the album, which contrary to convention, has no singles. But instead of ignoring it, R&B radio stations play the whole thing, running commercials after Side 1 while they flip the record. It’s a big seller, reaching #2 on the US Albums chart. Brown gets a huge bump and becomes one of the biggest stars of the ’60s and ’70s, dominating the R&B chart while consistently landing on the mainstream charts as well, proof that he has found many white fans.

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