I'll Go Crazy (James Brown song)

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"I'll Go Crazy"
Single by James Brown and The Famous Flames
from the album Think!
B-side "I Know It's True"
Released 1960 (1960)
Format 7"
Recorded November 11, 1959, King Studios, Cincinnati, OH
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:05
Label Federal
12369
Writer(s) James Brown
Producer(s) Unknown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"I Want You So Bad"
(1959)
"I'll Go Crazy"
(1960)
"Think"
(1960)
"I'll Go Crazy"
Single by James Brown and The Famous Flames
from the album Live at the Apollo
A-side "Lost Someone"
Released January 1966 (1966-01)
Format 7"
Recorded October 24, 1962, Apollo Theater, New York, NY
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:10
Label King
6020
Writer(s) James Brown
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Lost Someone"
(1966)
"I'll Go Crazy"(B-side of "Lost Someone")
(1966)
"Ain't That a Groove Part 1"
(1966)

"I'll Go Crazy" is a rhythm and blues song recorded by James Brown and The Famous Flames. Released as a single in 1960, It was Brown's fourth R&B hit, charting at #15.[1] Brown and the Flames also performed it as the first song on their 1963 album Live at the Apollo.

The Live at the Apollo performance of "I'll Go Crazy" was released as the B-side of a single in 1966, backed with "Lost Someone" (also from the live album). It charted #38 R&B and #73 Pop. It was the last single featuring The Famous Flames to chart.

"I'll Go Crazy" has inspired cover versions by many different artists, including The Rolling Stones, The Kingsmen, The Blues Magoos, The Residents, The Moody Blues, The Buckinghams, Chris Isaak, Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, Buddy Guy, The Nighthawks, Tommy Quickly, Graham Bonnet, The Honeycombs live in Tokyo, and Clarence Clemons. Tommy James And The Shondells released a cover version of the song on their debut album, Hanky Panky. It was performed by Dan Aykroyd in the actor's tribute to Brown on his induction at the 2003 Kennedy Center Honors.

This song is used on the Late Show with David Letterman as theme music for the "Who Said It?" segment.

Personnel[edit]

  • James Brown - lead vocal

and the Famous Flames:

with the James Brown Band:

  • J.C. Davis - tenor saxophone
  • Bobby Roach - guitar
  • Bernard Odum - bass
  • Nat Kendrick - drums

plus:

  • Sonny Thompson - piano
  • James McGary - alto saxophone[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  2. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.