|"I Got You (I Feel Good)"|
|Single by James Brown and the Famous Flames|
|from the album I Got You (I Feel Good)|
|B-side||"I Can't Help It (I Just Do-Do-Do)"|
|Recorded||May 6, 1965|
|Studio||Criteria Studios, Miami|
|James Brown and the Famous Flames singles chronology|
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" is a song by American singer James Brown. First recorded for the album Out of Sight and then released in an alternate take as a single in 1965, it was his highest-charting song and is arguably his best-known recording.
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" is a twelve-bar blues with a brass-heavy instrumental arrangement similar to Brown's previous hit, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag". It also features the same emphasis "on the one" (i.e. the first beat of the measure) that characterizes Brown's developing funk style. The lyrics have Brown exulting in how good he feels ("nice, like sugar and spice") now that he has the one he loves, his vocals punctuated by screams and shouts. The song includes an alto sax solo by Maceo Parker.
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" developed from an earlier Brown-penned song, "I Found You", with a nearly identical melody and lyrics. "I Found You" had been recorded by Brown's back-up singer Yvonne Fair and released as a single (King 5594) in 1962, with little success.
In 1964, Brown recorded an early version of "I Got You (I Feel Good)" with a different arrangement, including a stuttering rhythm and prominent baritone sax line, under the title "I Got You". This version appeared on the Smash Records album Out of Sight and in the 1965 film Ski Party, in which Brown lip synchs his performance on June 30th. It was intended for a single release but was withdrawn due to a court order from King Records, with whom Brown was involved in a contract dispute.
In 1965, after visiting Criteria Studios in Miami and being impressed by the sound of the studio's custom recording console, King Records owner Syd Nathan booked a recording session for Brown, during which he recorded the version of "I Got You (I Feel Good)" released by the label as a single.
The song entered the Billboard charts on November 13, 1965 following an October release, and reached number three on December 18. Of Brown's 91 hits to reach the Billboard Hot 100, "I Got You (I Feel Good)" is Brown's highest-charting song. The song remained at the top of the Billboard Rhythm and Blues Singles chart for six non-consecutive weeks, after his previous single, "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", held the number-one spot for eight weeks. Brown's screams at the beginning and end of the song have been sampled a number of times for hip hop and dance songs. The song has also been covered many times by other performers, and is frequently played at sporting events. The song is played at the Zentralstadion whenever RB Leipzig scores a goal.
In 2000, "I Got You (I Feel Good)" reached No. 21 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs in Rock and Roll and No. 75 on VH1's 100 Greatest Dance Songs, one of only seven songs to make both lists. In 2004, "I Got You (I Feel Good)" was ranked No. 78 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
Appearances in film and television
In 1965, James Brown, and his vocal group, the Famous Flames (Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett and Lloyd Stallworth) performed the song in a cameo in the American International Pictures comedy film Ski Party. Since then, the song has appeared in numerous film soundtracks.
- James Brown — vocals
with the James Brown Orchestra:
- Ron Tooley — trumpet
- Joe Dupars — trumpet
- Levi Rasbury — trombone
- Mike Ridley — trumpet
- Nat Jones — alto saxophone, Hammond organ
- St. Clair Pinckney — tenor saxophone
- Eldee Williams – tenor saxophone
- Al "Brisco" Clark – tenor saxophone
- Maceo Parker — alto saxophone
- Jimmy Nolen — electric guitar
- David "Hooks" Williams – bass guitar
- Melvin Parker — drums
|1965||US Billboard Hot 100||3|
|US Billboard Rhythm and Blues Singles||1|
|UK Singles (OCC)||29|
|1992||Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||49|
Paul Dakeyne remix
In 1992, producer and remixer Paul Dakeyne released a 12" remix of "I Got You (I Feel Good)" on FBI Records under the title "James Brown v. Dakeyne – I Got You (I Feel Good) (The Remixes)". It reached No. 72 on the UK Singles Chart.
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