James Brown had tons of hits, and nearly every one of them was driven by an outstanding bass line. This clip from 1969 on The Hollywood Palace proves just that.
After being introduced by Sammy Davis, Jr., Brown and his band tear through a medley of “I Got the Feelin,” “Cold Sweat,” “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud,” “Give It Up or Turn It Loose,” and “Please, Please, Please.” The group’s infectious energy is anchored by bassist “Sweet” Charles Sherrell, who leads the groove from the back of the bandstand.
This incarnation of Brown’s band would split a year after this performance, but the lineup is certainly one of the strongest of all time.
Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article incorrectly listed Bernard Odum as the bassist. Thank you to bass legend and James Brown expert Christian McBride for the correction.