Tag Archives: James Brown

Video Roundup: KEXP’s Got Soul!

KEXP’s always got soul, but this Friday, May 13th, it’ll be nothing but, as we celebrate Stevie Wonder’s 66th birthday with KEXP Soul Day! Throughout the day, John, Cheryl, and Kevin will be joined by guest DJs like the Emerald City Soul Club, and KEXP DJs Hans, Johnny Horn of Preachin’ the Blues, and GregRead more…

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Funky Drummer Day: Who Was the Funky Drummer?

Today, KEXP has declared it Funky Drummer Day, a tribute to one of the most sampled breaks in music history: the iconic eight-bar unaccompanied solo in the 1970 James Brown single “Funky Drummer.” But, who was actually behind the kit? And where is he now? The answer is Clyde Stubblefield. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee inRead more…

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Funky Drummer Day: 24 Drummers, 24 Interviews Part One

In honor of Funky Drummer Day, local musician and journalist Trent Moorman has graciously shared interviews he’s done for The Stranger and Vice Magazine for 24 Drummers, 24 Interviews, a four-part series here on the KEXP Blog! Tune in tomorrow, Wednesday, March 9th from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, for Funky Drummer Day itself! KEXPRead more…

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Friday on My Mind: Bring the Noise!

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. Anyone who follows football or has been to The Clink for a Hawks game knows that hands down it is the loudestRead more…

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Friday on My Mind: It’s Cold!

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. It’s cold. Damn cold. Not like Midwest cold, or Northeast cold, or even Canada cold, but Seattle cold. You know…a mid-20’s atRead more…

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Friday on My Mind: Dads!

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind, our weekly blog post, where we look at music videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. Father’s Day is this Sunday June 16th. The very first Father’s Day took place back on June 17, 1910, after aRead more…

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Friday on My Mind: Worst Songs from Sylvester Stallone Film Soundtracks

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind, our weekly blog post where we stop to watch videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. For this week’s edition, we will be looking at the worst songs from Sylvester Stallone film soundtracks. So you may beRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “James Brown Creates Funk”

Popular R&B artist James Brown invented funk music by changing the accents and voicings in soul music. He released the first known funk single, “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” in 1965. This new kind of music drew from gospel, jazz and R&B and would lay the foundation for future genres of music like hip-hop,Read more…

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KEXP Documentaries: Civil Rights Songs – “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud”

April 5th, 1968, was the day after the murder of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Most major cities in the U.S. were whirling with chaos. Looting, rioting, assault… A surprising reaction to the death of a man whose life was dedicated to non-violence.

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Friday Nite Spotlight: James Brown – 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!

This is my all-time favorite James Brown collection. And every single song here has a corresponding story of how it fits into my life. Song 1 — “It’s a Man’s Man’s World’ Picture yourself in a Brooklyn nightclub on a Saturday night. The paper listed it as a burlesque show, and we’re not really sureRead more…

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