Give It Up or Turnit a Loose

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For the En Vogue song, see Give It Up, Turn It Loose.
"Give It Up or Turnit a Loose"
Single by James Brown
from the album Ain't It Funky
B-side "I'll Lose My Mind"
Released January 1969 (1969-01)
Format 7"
Recorded October 29, 1968, Criteria Studios, Miami, FL
Genre Funk


6:24 (1970 version)
Label King
Writer(s) Charles Bobbit
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Tit for Tat (Ain't No Taking Back)"
"Give It Up or Turnit a Loose"
"Soul Pride (Part 1)

"Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" is a funk song recorded by James Brown. Released as a single in 1969, the song was a #1 R&B hit and also made the top 20 pop singles chart.[1][2] "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" appeared as an instrumental on the Ain't It Funky album, removing Brown's vocals and adding guitar overdubs.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 1


  • James Brown - lead vocals

with the James Brown Orchestra:

Other versions[edit]

Brown recorded "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" again with The J.B.'s for his 1970 double album Sex Machine. Over five minutes long, this later recording used a substantially different instrumental arrangement, with an added organ riff and a florid bassline, as well as different lyrics. A remix of this recording by Tim Rogers appears on the 1986 compilation album In the Jungle Groove. The remixed version has been extensively sampled. A genuine live version of the song appears on the album Live at Chastain Park.

In 1974 Lyn Collins recorded the song, with Brown producing.

Dick Hyman recorded a synthesizer version of "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" on his 1969 album The Age of Electronicus.

Preceded by
"Everyday People" by Sly & The Family Stone
Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
March 8, 1969 – March 15, 1969 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Runaway Child, Running Wild" by The Temptations


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 84. 
  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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