Papa Don't Take No Mess
|"Papa Don't Take No Mess Part I"|
|Single by James Brown|
|from the album Hell|
|B-side||"Papa Don't Take No Mess Part II"|
|Recorded||August 23, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA|
|James Brown charting singles chronology|
"Papa Don't Take No Mess" is a funk song performed by James Brown. An edited version of the song released as a two-part single in 1974 was Brown's final number one R&B hit and peaked at number thirty-one on the Hot 100. The full-length version, nearly 14 minutes long, appeared on the double album Hell.
- James Brown - lead vocal
- Fred Wesley - trombone
- Ike Oakley - trumpet
- Maceo Parker - alto saxophone
- St. Clair Pinckney - tenor saxophone
- Jimmy Nolen - guitar
- Hearlon "Cheese" Martin - guitar
- Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - bass
- John "Jabo" Starks - drums
- John Morgan or Johnny Griggs - percussion
A piano solo, performed by Brown, is included in the longer edit that appears on the Hell album.
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