James Brown, Dead at 73–Will Mick Jagger Imitate Him Now?


Over at FBNY, the slightly obsessed Dylan Stableford has assembled a James Brown Wall of Sound. Our favorite performance however, is from the legendary 1964 TAMI show, available at DJ Steve Terrell”s blog. The TeenAge Music International awards show was held in Santa Monica in front of a packed house of screaming teens. The line-up included, the Supremes, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Leslie Gore, Jan & Dean, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and Chuck Berry.

The Rolling Stones were booked to close the show, and James Brown preceded them on the bill (Brown also didn’t want to rehearse, according to director Steve Binder). Music folklore has the Stones completely freaked out to follow him–some sources have Mick Jagger chain smoking and/or puking before going on. Rick Rubin wrote in Rolling Stone:

You have the Rolling Stones on the same stage, all of the important rock acts of the day, doing their best–and James Brown comes out and destroys them

Other cool bits of TAMI trivia:

Terri Garr was a back-up dancer behind the Supremes.
Glen Campbell and Leon Russell were in the house band.
Toni Basil was the assistant choreographer.
Quentin Tarantino owns a 16 mil. print of the show.
The Beach Boys played, but aren’t in the final cut of the film, due to contract disputes.

FBLA urges everyone to add this show to their Netflix queue and watch it right away.