I Don't Mind (James Brown song)

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"I Don't Mind"
Single by James Brown and the Famous Flames
from the album The Amazing James Brown
B-side "Love Don't Love Nobody"
Released 1961 (1961)
Format 7-inch 45 rpm record
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:41
Label King
Songwriter(s) James Brown
Producer(s) Gene Redd

"I Don't Mind" is a rhythm and blues song written by James Brown and performed by Brown and the Famous Flames. Its unusual chord progression – in Brown's words, it "opens with a 13, goes down to a C9, then goes to a G7 and to the A7" – prompted objections during the recording session from producer Gene Redd, who considered it musically "wrong".[1] Released as a single in 1961, it reached number four in the R&B Billboard charts and number 47 in the Pop Billboard charts.[2] Brown and the Flames also performed it on their 1963 album Live at the Apollo.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1961) Peak
U.S. Billboard R&B 4
U.S. Billboard Pop 47

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Brown, James, and Bruce Tucker (1986). James Brown: The Godfather of Soul, 121. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press.
  2. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  3. ^ The McCoys, Hang on Sloopy Retrieved June 24, 2015