First I have to give a HUGE THANK YOU to my cousin, friend and sister in FUNK Loreen for her tireless efforts to make this James Brown interview and all the others posted possible.

Talking to the legendary “Godfather of Soul” was an interview I had never imagined doing. Growing up, James Brown was it when it came to black music, and at one point all music. When I had the fortune to speak with him in 1998, he talked to me about his then forthcoming album, his wife Tommi Rae, his health, and his hits. He spoke of young people that he was working with, as well as some entertainers he admired, like Will Smith, Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan and Boyz II Men.

The interview was a phoner during my years at MJI Broadcasting. One I wasn’t sure would translate to this medium. Thanks to the technological team in the lab of The Museum of UnCut Funk, the voice of the late great James Brown can be heard in this latter day. In the beginning of this recording, the music you hear is what I heard while I was on hold.

I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I loved doing it! Long live “The Godfather of Soul,” the man who laid the foundation for FUNK!



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