Make It Funky

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For the Information Society song of the same name, see here.
"Make It Funky (Part 1)"
Single by James Brown
from the album Soul Classics
B-side "Make It Funky (Part 2)"
Released August 1971 (1971-08)
Format 7"
Recorded July 13, 1971, Rodel Studios, Washington, D.C.
Genre Funk
Length
  • 3:15 (Part 1)
  • 4:05 (Part 2)
Label Polydor
14088
Writer(s)
  • James Brown
  • Charles Bobbitt
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Hot Pants Pt. 1 (She Got to Use What She Got to Get What She Wants)"
(1971)
"Make It Funky (Part 1)"
(1971)
"My Part/Make It Funky - Part 3"
(1971)
"My Part/Make It Funky - Part 3"
Single by James Brown
from the album Soul Classics and Get on the Good Foot
B-side "My Part/Make It Funky - Part 4"
Released 1971 (1971)
Format 7"
Genre Funk
Length
  • 2:40 (Part 3)
  • 2:50 (Part 4)
Label Polydor
Writer(s)
  • James Brown
  • Charles Bobbit
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Make It Funky (Part 1)"
(1971)
"My Part/Make It Funky - Part 3"
(1971)
"I'm a Greedy Man - Part I"
(1971)

"Make It Funky" is a song recorded by James Brown with The J.B.'s. It was released as a two-part single in 1971, which reached #1 on the U.S. R&B chart and #22 on the U.S. Pop chart.[1][2][3] It features the band members chanting the song's title and a prominent organ part played by Brown himself. Bobby Byrd also contributes vocals and a spoken intro. Brown recorded a continuation of the song, titled "My Part/Make It Funky", which was released as a second two-part single and charted #68 R&B. Parts 1 and 3 of "Make It Funky" were included on the 1972 compilation album Soul Classics, while Parts 3 and 4 appeared on the album Get on the Good Foot.

Live versions of "Make It Funky" appear on the albums Revolution of the Mind and Live at the Apollo 1995. Brown also remade the song for his 1992 album Universal James under the title "Make It Funky 2000".

Ice-T sampled "Make It Funky" in a song of the same name on his 1987 album Rhyme Pays.

Personnel[edit]

  • James Brown - lead vocal, organ

with The J.B.'s:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 85. 
  2. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  3. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.

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Preceded by
"Stick-Up" by The Honey Cone
Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles number-one single
October 2, 1971 – October 9, 1971
Succeeded by
"Thin Line Between Love and Hate" by The Persuaders