Funky President (People It's Bad)
|"Funky President (People It's Bad)"|
|Single by James Brown|
|from the album Reality|
|Recorded||August or September 1974, Sound Ideas, New York, NY|
|James Brown charting singles chronology|
"Funky President (People It's Bad)" is a funk song by James Brown. Released as a single in 1974, it charted #4 R&B. It also appeared on the album Reality. According to Brown the "funky president" of the song's title was meant to refer to U.S. President Gerald Ford, who had succeeded Richard Nixon in the White House shortly before it was recorded.
- James Brown - lead vocal
with studio band:
- David Sanborn - alto saxophone
- Joe Farrell - tenor saxophone, flute
- Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis - baritone saxophone
- Pat Rebillot - keyboards
- Joe Beck - guitar
- Sam Brown - guitar
- Gordon Edwards - bass
- Allan Schwarzberg - drums
- Johnny Griggs - percussion
Other players, including brass and woodwinds, unknown.
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Appearances in other media
- White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
- Brown, James, with Bruce Tucker. James Brown: The Godfather of Soul (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company, 1986), 242.
- Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.