Remembering James Brown At The Apollo

Encore: October 22, 2015

SPEAK UP: Did you ever see James Brown perform? Did you own his albums?

It was a concert and a New York moment that won’t be forgotten, even 53 years later. On Oct. 24, 1962, James Brown took the stage at The Apollo Theater, and the world met a legend.

Rolling Stone Contributing Editor Anthony DeCurtis says the album almost wasn’t.

“His record company King Records felt, ‘A live album? Of material that you’ve already done? Oh, we don’t know, it’s not really that good an idea,'” DeCurtis told MetroFocus Host Jack Ford. “But James Brown in addition to reinventing soul and R&B was a very smart businessman and he just decided, ‘OK, I’ll pay for it myself.'”

DeCurtis discusses who James Brown was and the historical impact of his album from the Apollo.

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