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40 Never Before seen James Brown Photos with my friend Michael Falkenstein & Family

December 29, 2016

40 Never Before seen James Brown Photos with my friend Michael Falkenstein & Family

WATCHMOVIE HERE: 40 Never Before seen James Brown Photos with my friend Michael Falkenstein & Family

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This will blow your mind – 2 white stretch limos came out to Michael Falkenstein’s family house in the middle of the night with God Father of Soul James Brown and his entourage – original music played on Mr. Brown’s favorite musical instrument Hammond B3 organ from Michael and myself Jon Hammond as heard on HammondCast radio show, keep the funky spirit, JH

musical selections:
Time With You
Six Year Itch
Get Back In The Groove
Watermelon Man
Late Rent / HammondCast Outro
R.I.P. Godfather of Soul James Brown – here in Hammond Organ Germany Studios with his actual God Son Michael Falkenstein, amazing but true. enjoy, Jon Hammond
http://www.HammondCast.com

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Jon Hammond’s Sliced Baked Almonds with Olive Oil Sea Salt Fresh Pepper 23 A Day for Health

Finished Product!

*my latest kitchen action – Jon’s sliced baked Sea Salt / Pepper Almonds for health! 23 a day, that means, 23 small in morning,

and 23 small halves in evening – 46 halves equal 23!

http://jonhammondband.com/blog.html/its_my_tune_dammit_jon_hammond/

So…I get the raw almonds, then sit around and slice each one in half.

Then spread out on a pan and put some real Olive Oil on – some Sea Salt and fresh ground Pepper – put the

oven on Bake around 475 and keep a close eye on them…they come out real good and a hell of a lot easier to eat and chew, nice ‘n crunchy!

these ones just got cooked up,

Jon Hammond:

Almond Wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Almond

The almond (Prunus dulcis, syn. Prunus amygdalus) is a species of tree native to the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and North Africa.

“Almond” is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. Within the genus Prunus, it is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed.

The fruit of the almond is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed, which is not a true nut, inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are sold shelled or unshelled. Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seedcoat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.

The almond is a deciduous tree, growing 4–10 m (13–33 ft) in height, with a trunk of up to 30 cm (12 in) in diameter. The young twigs are green at first, becoming purplish where exposed to sunlight, then grey in their second year. The leaves are 3–5 inches long,[3] with a serrated margin and a 2.5 cm (1 in) petiole. The flowers are white to pale pink, 3–5 cm (1–2 in) diameter with five petals, produced singly or in pairs and appearing before the leaves in early spring.[4][5] Almond grows best in Mediterranean climates with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters. The optimal temperature for their growth is between 15 and 30 °C (59 and 86 °F) and the tree buds have a chilling requirement of 300 to 600 hours below 7.2 °C (45.0 °F) to break dormancy.[6]

Almonds begin bearing an economic crop in the third year after planting. Trees reach full bearing five to six years after planting. The fruit matures in the autumn, 7–8 months after flowering

Nutrition folks!:
“The almond is a nutritionally dense food (see chart pictured right) and a 100 gram serving is a rich source (>20% of the Daily value, DV) of the B vitamins riboflavin and niacin, vitamin E, and the essential minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. The same serving size is also a good source (10–19% DV) of the B vitamins thiamine, vitamin B6, and folate; choline; and the essential mineral potassium. They are also rich in dietary fiber, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats, fats which potentially may lower LDL cholesterol.[46] Typical of nuts and seeds, almonds also contain phytosterols such as beta-sitosterol, stigmasterol, campesterol, sitostanol, and campestanol, which have been associated with cholesterol-lowering properties.[46]

Preliminary research associates consumption of almonds with elevated blood levels of high density lipoproteins and lower low density lipoproteins.[46]

Almonds may cause allergy or intolerance. Cross-reactivity is common with peach allergens (lipid transfer proteins) and tree nut allergens. Symptoms range from local signs and symptoms (e.g., oral allergy syndrome, contact urticaria) to systemic signs and symptoms including anaphylaxis (e.g., urticaria, angioedema, gastrointestinal and respiratory symptoms).[47]

During the digestion process in humans, almond flour may be fermented into short-chain fatty acids, most notably butyrate which is a substrate for cells lining the large intestine.”

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy 2,408 kJ (576 kcal)
Carbohydrates
21.69 g
Starch 0.74 g
Sugars
lactose
3.89 g
0.00 g
Dietary fiber 12.2 g
Fat
49.42 g
Saturated 3.731 g
Monounsaturated 30.889 g
Polyunsaturated 12.070 g

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Absolutely cooking session in Hamburg Germany – Jon Hammond Band with The NDR Horns until the last minute when music must stop 10PM / 22:00 Auster Bar is in residential quarter of Eimsbüttel HH, The Musicians: Heinz Lichius drums, Joe Berger guitar, Lutz Büchner tenor saxophone, Fiete Felsch alto saxophone, Michael Leuschner musical director / trumpet, Jon Hammond organ + bass – special thanks Nicolai Ditsch for operating the camera – Auster Bar Team Frank Blume, Torsten Wendt, Musik Rotthoff support, Knut Benzner NDR Redaktion – as seen on MNN TV The Jon Hammond Show http://www.HammondCast.com

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Frankfurt Germany — Jon Hammond flanked by Ivana Petrof / Ivana Petrofová and Zuzana Petrof / Zuzana Ceralová Petrofová Celebrating 150
years Petrof Pianos Excellence! – Musikmesse Frankfurt

Mill Valley CA — Marla Hunt Hanson and Julius Karpen at special gathering celebrating life of Ron Polte who was the manager of Ace of Cups and Quicksilver Messenger Service. Marla Hunt original organist of Ace of Cups and Julius Karpen manager of Big Brother and The Holding Company band with Janis Joplin – long-time associate friend of Chet Helms – photo by Jon Hammond

Port of Richmond at Dusk – Jon Hammond

— RIP my friend Ron Polte – manager of Quicksilver, Ace of Cups, Wild West Fest – Jon Hammond

(my band opened for Copperhead on one of the very few live gigs they played in 1972 at The Longbranch Saloon)

Tam Junction and Piatti Mill Valley Restaurant – Breakfast with Ron, rest in peace Ron Polte – Jon Hammond : *Note: We had a lot of fun in

the old days at 759 Harrison Street San Francisco when we shared rehearsal space with The Quicksilver Messenger Service at Bruce Hatch’s San

Francisco Radical Laboratories aka SF Rad Lab in years 1968 / 1969 (not to be confused with radiation lab folks! I am still in touch with

QSM guitarist Gary Duncan, sending my condolences Gary! – JH


*Note: This was Ron’s big project some years ago folks:
http://jonhammondband.com/blog.html/jon_hammond_reflections_on_wild_west_festival/
JON HAMMOND REFLECTIONS ON WILD WEST FESTIVAL – LINK: http://kernelpanichammondcast.blogspot.com/2016/09/wow-folks-i-was-there-jon-hammond.html Wow folks, I was there! This was very nearly the biggest Rock Music Festival that almost happened – it was very close. I went to many meetings with Ron Polte and a lot of very heavy San Francisco Rock bands were down to play the “Wild West Festival” (1969) Posters were already made up, we had meetings in the Zoetrope building now owned by Francis Ford Coppola and The Straight Theatre on Haight Street – Ron Polte was part owner of Straight Theatre in addition to being the manager of Quicksilver Messenger Service, Ace of Cups and for a time Sons of Champlin as well. I highly recommend watching and listening to this very rare footage of the press conference with Big Daddy Tom Donahue speaking about the project – Jon Hammond Band​
photo by Jon Hammond​ – breakfast with Ron
I just saw Ron’s obit by Paul Liberatore​ in the Marin IJ:
http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20160916/NEWS/160919827
“Quicksilver Quicksilver Messenger Service – Band​ manager Ron Polte dies in Mill Valley at 84″
” By Paul Liberatore, Marin Independent Journal

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Very special performance on first ever Hammond night in Hilton Hotel Lobby at Winter NAMM 2013 presented by Hammond Suzuki USA “Sound Soul Summit”

Peter Nguyen CFO Hammond Suzuki USA and Jon Hammond

Joe Lamond President CEO of NAMM with Jon Hammond accepting Believe in Music Award plaque

L to R Jon Hammond, Chester Thompson, Scott May

Stevie Wonder and Jon Hammond – One More Time!

Jon Hammond plays the New B3 Portable Organ

“The Ultimate All-Star Jam” MC Scott May introduces Jon Hammond Band to play their theme song “Late Rent” after a very cool pre-show party Meet and Greet with a who’s who of Hammond organists.
Donny Baldwin drums (from Jefferson Starship & Lydia Pense & Cold Blood),
Alex Budman tenor saxophone
Joe Berger guitar
Jon Hammond New B-3 Portable organ
Sound mix by Denny Mack
Special thanks Hammond Suzuki USA and Suzuki Musical Instruments Team
NAMM = National Association of Music Merchants
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Absolutely cooking session in Hamburg Germany – Full High Definition Version: Jon Hammond Band with The NDR Horns until the last minute when music must stop 10PM / 22:00 Auster Bar is in residential quarter of Eimsbüttel HH,

The Musicians: Heinz Lichius drums, Joe Berger guitar, Lutz Büchner tenor saxophone, Ernst-Friedrich Fiete Felsch alto saxophone, Michael Leuschner musical director / trumpet, Jon Hammond organ + bass

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Announcing Special Guest Lee Oskar for big Center Stage at musikmesse First Day 12 Noon on Jon Hammond All Star Band

Folks, I’m happy to announce that our friend Lee Oskar will be joining us onstage on the big Center Stage at musikmesse first day Wednesday April 5th with Joe Berger, Peter Klohmann Giovanni Totò Gulino! See you there, my 31st consecutive year – Jon Hammond
*Showtime: High Noon 12PM!

http://jonhammondband.com/blog.html/jon_hammond_all_star_band_at_the_musikmesse_2017_center_stage_wednesday_april_5_at_12_noon/

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Jon Hammond Band original “White Onions” with special guest Lee Oskar harmonica – Jon’s annual musikmesse Warm Up Party in the famous Jazzkeller Frankfurt – Joe Berger on guitar playing his custom JJ Guitars, Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone by PMauriat Saxophones Pmauriat Albest, Giovanni Totò Gulino drums, Jon Hammond at the organ ©JON HAMMOND International ASCAP

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Some Musical History Last Night in Birdland Jazz Club Jon Hammond Journal March 17 2013

March 17, 2013

Some Musical History Last Night in Birdland Jazz Club Jon Hammond Journal March 17 2013

New York NY — Musical History at Birdland “The Jazz Corner of the World” tonight folks: Gary Gordon & Gary’s wife Kelly Jarrell of The Bittersweet (James Brown background vocal group), Jon Hammond, Bernard Purdie (former James Brown band member plus too much to name, volumes!), and Mr. Danny Ray over 40 years James Brown’s personal valet and master of ceremonies

Kelly Jarrell of The Bittersweet (James Brown background vocal group), Gianni Valenti Birdland Boss / Music Impresario, Danny Ray over 40 years James Brown’s personal valet and master of ceremonies – Jon Hammond

Kelly Jarrell of The Bittersweet (James Brown background vocal group), Christian McBride bassist, Kevin Mahogany vocalist extraordinaire – Jon Hammond

Kelly Jarrell of The Bittersweet (James Brown background vocal group), Studio drummer Bernard Purdie, Danny Ray over 40 years James Brown’s personal valet and master of ceremonies – Jon Hammond

Local 802 90th Anniversary – this is the rhythm section you want to have folks: Bernard Purdie on the fatback drums and Wilbur Bascomb Fender bass – Jon Hammond

http://hammondjazz.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/congratulations-pete-seeger-honoree-at-local-802-90th-birthday-gala-bash-photos-by-jon-hammond/ — with Wilbur Bascomb and Bernard Purdie at Roseland Ballroom

Daniel Rogue
Le Lude, Pays De La Loire, France

Skip Gibson
Case Western Reserve University

Chiou Gimi

D.j. Spreeman
Work man at I pick things up and i put them down

Shiou Funayama
Boston University

Patrik Zemella
Drummer for Taxi Smith at Taxi Smith Rock and Blues Band

Jimi D’Andrea

Matteo Breoni
Works at Percussion mallet

Kenny Wilkins
Musician, Photographer, Wildlife at Self Employed and Loving It!

Jason Apostoleris
Works at Ferazzoli Imports

Rickey Trahan
Works at Canon Financial Services

Kerry Dockery
Atlanta, Georgia

Yoshi Kagami
Works at Professional Musician

Daniel L. Hess
Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Chris DeLisa
Works at Sabian

David Watkins
Wellington, New Zealand

Ron Haynes

Toni Marius
Arezzo, Italy

Eddie Bimonte
Owner at Eddie’s Pet Service

Jeffrey Campbell
North Syracuse High School

Ray Hale
Dallas, Texas

Ashton Thomas
Drummer, Composer, Producer at Jazz fusion

Courtney La Zier
Works at Big River Music, Inc.

Tim Hill
Oakland, California

Michael Grammar
Houston, Texas

Dave Korey
911 Communications Supervisor at North Brunswick Police Department

Terry Bissette

Bob Snider
Works at Self employed percussion/piano teacher and freelance musician.

Leigh Ann Gilmour

Hiromi Yamada

LaRe Laurie Dapice
New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music

Curtis Taylor Neishloss
Berklee College of Music

Fred Taylor
Worked nationwde as drummer/percussionist/arranger/producer/audio engineer at Self-employed drummer, composer, producer.

David Jameson
The Evergreen State College

Robert Woodbury
Berklee College of Music

Keith Oneill
Montreal, Quebec

The Tradition Continues Folks – Frankfurt Germany – c’mon down and help us celebrate 27 years Musikmesse and my 60th birthday, on my band – long-time colleagues:

Joe Berger guitar
Tony Lakatos tenor saxophone
Giovanni Gulino drums
Jon Hammond organ / bass
http://laterent.blogspot.com/2013/03/musikmesse-2013-jon-hammond-celebrates.html — with Jon Hammond
Band

Main Man Bernard Purdie will be getting down tonight at Birdland Jazz Club tonight with Kevin Mahogany on 44th Street – c u down there folks – Jon Hammond
*51 Minutes in-studio radio interview with Bernard & Jon at KALX Youtube http://youtu.be/GYg4v91bg1A

51 Minutes In-Studio Radio Interview with organist Jon Hammond and studio drummer Bernard Purdie with host producer Anthony Bonet…

Daniel Rogue
Le Lude, Pays De La Loire, France

Lennard Thompson
Antioch, California

Rick Bear
Georgia Tech

Masao Ohnuki
Hosei University

Joe Berger
King at Self employed

Rick Pasek
Berklee College of Music

Fred Taylor
Worked nationwde as drummer/percussionist/arranger/producer/audio engineer at Self-employed drummer, composer, producer.

Terry Bissette

Tore Pettersen
Øksnes

Christopher Mikhayel

Michael Grammar
Houston, Texas

Dann Glenn

Joanne Ruocco

King Bear
Bassist at Self Employed Freelance Musician

Rodney Williams
Stage Tech at Carrolls Instrumental Rentals & Studio

Stevan Vivod
Indjija

Eddie Bimonte
Owner at Eddie’s Pet Service

Bruno Batderock
Lycée St Aspais

Kirk Eipper
Musicians Institute

Ashton Thomas
Drummer, Composer, Producer at Jazz fusion

Fumio Yano

Jeffrey Campbell
North Syracuse High School

David Jameson
The Evergreen State College

Scott Logsdon
SImon Farrell College of Music

Dennis Ferrante
Works at Independent Engineer/Producer

Aaron Sherer
Taconic High School

Mary Ellen O’Neil Davis
UCC, Cranford NJ

Robert Higgins
Asbury Park High School

Stacey Ericson Reilly

David Cutler
Berklee College of Music

Sven Böhlin
Sthlms Universitet

David Watkins
Wellington, New Zealand

Lee Goodness
Wake Forest University

Tony Madejczyk

Dean Kurtz
Fullerton College

Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed
Percussionist at Where have you worked?

Alphonso Velour

Michael McGannon
Project Inspector, Field Tech at Geotechnical Consultants, Inc.

Super deluxe sound with Jon Hammond playing duo at the B-3 with Mike Greensill at the Steinway grand piano at Yoshi’s

– Oakland CA jammin’ down, no drums horns singers (or bass) necessary don’t ya’ know – JH — at Yoshi’s Oakland

Musikmesse 2013 Jon Hammond Celebrates 27 years Musikmesse Warm Up Party April 9 Dienstag Tuesday Night Jazzkeller Frankfurt and 60th
Birthday

Special Thanks Dankeschön Saray Pastanesi Bäckerei & Konditorei makes Jon Hammond’s custom Chocolate Chocolate Cake
Happy 60th Birthday Jon Hammond in Jazzkeller Frankfurt Musikmesse Warm Up Party !

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“The FINGERS…are the SINGERS!”
Musikmesse “Warm Up Party”
Jon Hammond & Band

Jon Hammond (aus New York City) – organ
Joe Berger – guitar
Tony Lakatos – saxophone
Giovanni Gulino – drums

Mr. Hammond has toured worldwide since 1991 using the incredible Sk1 organ by Hammond Suzuki..™ “Classic Hammond Sound…In A Suitcase!”

The Jon Hammond Show is a funky swinging instrumental revue, featuring top international soloists. The show has universal appeal. Big Hammond orgel sound – 100% organic jonhammondband.com/music

More Jon Hammond, klick: http://behindthebeat

These great black and white photos of Jon Hammond Band were shot by the great photographer Joachim Hildebrand Musikmesse Warm Up Party – on the band: Tony Lakatos tenor sax,

Giovanni Gulino drums,

Joe Berger guitar,

Jon Hammond organ

Youtube http://youtu.be/hozrJpHvV-4

Chocolate on Chocolate Cake Musikmesse Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller Frankfurt with Jon Hammond Band and special guests for this special occasion celebrating 25 years in Musikmesse.

Special acknowledgement of Wilhelm P. “Charly” Hosenseidl R.I.P. who was the Director of Musikmesse years 1989-2008 now Directed by Wolfgang Luecke, special thanks to Messe Frankfurt Projekt and Presse Team

Special Thanks to Thomas Eich TecAmp Fine Sounding 2 x 12 Neodymium Rig Powering Hammond Organ:

Jon Hammond onstage at Jazzkeller Frankfurt

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: James Wes Blues Jazzkeller Party Jon Hammond Band with special guest Lee Oskar

http://archive.org/details/JamesWesBlues2012JazzkellerPartyJonHammondBandWithSpecialGuestLee

Blip TV: http://blip.tv/jon-hammond/james-wes-blues-2012-jazzkeller-party-jon-hammond-band-with-special-guest-lee-oskar-6066210

Jon Hammond’s annual Musikmesse Warm Up Party in Jazzkeller Frankfurt the night before Musikmesse kicks off

The Tradition Continues! 18th Year Musikmesse-Session – Wir Sehen Uns, ab 12 April Freitag Abend – Jon Hammond Band

21:00UHR
– Jazzkeller-Hofheim –
Joe Berger guitar
Peter Klohmann tenor sax
Totó Giovanni Gulino schlagzeug
Jon Hammond orgel
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WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Jazzkeller Hofheim Jon Hammond Band Little Wing

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Jon Hammond’s annual Musikmesse-Session in Jazzkeller Hofheim, here paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix covering Little Wing
with Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums, Peter Klohmann tenor sax, Jon Hammond on Sk1 Hammond organ
*Note: When Jon Hammond was younger playing electric accordion he was known as The Jimi Hendrix of The Accordion,
see image 1971 age 18 http://www.accordionradio.com

*WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Jon Hammond unveiling Sk1

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Jon Hammond – Arriving for gig Jazzkeller Hofheim
Youtube http://youtu.be/vp7pNTp6seo
Jon Hammond Band Unveling and First Road Test of Sk1 combo organ Pocket Funk 1,759
Jon Hammond Band playing original composition “POCKET FUNK”
Joe Berger – guitar
Peter Klohmann – tenor sax
Giovanni Gulino – drums
Jon Hammond – Sk1 Hammond Suzuki stage keyboard weighs only 15 lbs. as opposed to 425 lbs.= B3 Organ
— at Jazzkeller Hofheim

Jon Hammond: Waterproof Hammond Organ and Lucky Frog Umbrella

Glasgow Scotland Prestwick Airport PIK — R.I.P. The Highlander Highland Express Airlines

– Jon Hammond
Youtube http://youtu.be/IlBtkj25nNo
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Special thanks to First Officer and part owner Tony May and the Crew of this elegant bird the HIGHLANDER of HIGHLAND EXPRESS… — at Glasgow Prestwick Airport

Hamburg St. Pauli — I’m not sure exactly why the proprietors of the famous Feldkeller presented me with this framed photo right off their wall of my friend Pico from the old Star Club

– it hangs on my wall now, Jon Hammond — at Feldkeller Bei Kitty Und Heini

Pico and Jon Hammond in front of Star Club sign for the Pico Schauspiel Musical at Delphi Music Theater

– great show with live music from The Rattles and Jon Hammond Band after show music — with The Jimi Hendrix Experience Official Page, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, The Everly Brothers, Little Richard and Bo Diddley

“One More Thing”

— Turn up the microphone! Jon Hammond

Jon Hammond with Tony the Door Man and Oscar Meyers

– Boom Boom Room

Shanghai China — Jon Hammond with good friend Super Nico!

Shanghai China —

Early Albest P Mauriat HQ Saxophones Stand in Messefrankfurt Music-China – Jon Hammond with Kevin Saxophone and main man Alex Mingmann Hsieh — with Kevin Saxophone, and Alex Mingmann Hsieh in Shanghai, China

Shanghai China — Kevin Saxophone playing P.Mauriat tenor in Danny Woody’s customized Red Chinese Military Sidecar Motorcycle

in the Lobby of Portman Ritz-Carlton Hotel – Jon Hammond — with P Mauriat HQ and Kevin Saxophone at The Portman Ritz Carlton
Shanghai China

Danny Woody “bmw R-71 these bikes arrived in china in 1951 from the russians on a textile trade they took up 10 years of my life i had most of the parts custom made as the stock parts were not that great many chinese guys started doing the same and copying me in a cheeper manner. long long story it was a labor of love in china doing some thing like this is next to impossible.”

Blue BIke, work-in-progress in the shop – Danny Woody in the saddle – Jon Hammond

— with Danny Woody at The Portman Ritz Carlton Shanghai China

Erik Hartmann
Stanford University

Ric Byer
Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School

Mike Hall
Bangkok, Thailand

Jeremy Colson

Ann Behringer
Speakeasy Broadband

Michelle D. Wan
Wanderlust Journeys

Murray Barowski
Works at JR Baker Bass & Keyboard : Soul Contact 6 string guitar & Keyboard

Broc Smith
University of Hawaii at Manoa

Rob Thomson
Director, Corporate Partnerships at Trinity Western University

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คณะรัฐศาสตร์ ลูกสิงห์ทอง แผน C มหาวิทยาลัยรามคำแหง

Pam Stull
Administrative Assistant at City of San Jacinto Public Works

Anya Taschner
St. Anselm

Salanda Intharasuk
Works at A hairdresss

Nina Sittichot

Plabplung Prombut
Shanghai, China

Todd Rosin
Singapore, Singapore

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Mark Rosenberg
Hunter of treasures at Self employed

Ken Haumschilt
School for International Training

Jeneen Heidemann
Aguanga, California

Erica Lee
Shanghai, China

John Cole
Works at Sure Hits Recordings

Donna Solich Roden

Craig Wiseman
SAE Institute Bangkok

Ola Larsson
Founder, Owner and CEO at Zoola

Bob Levey
Los Angeles City College

Mark Peter
Position: On the piano bench at Self employed pianist

Shirley Shi

Charlene Jade Ling Tan
Australian College of Applied Psychology

Sean Dinsmore
Idea maven at GURU Creative Consulting

Danny Woody:
“was a great Bizz in shanghai and the bikes were super stars also the sound was amazing…you would of loved them Buzz”

Osaka Japan — Jon Hammond and friends at Rug Time Club – Midori Ono, Hidefumi Nose, Kengo Komae
Youtube http://youtu.be/k-iRPQ3JOPs

RUG TIME Osaka – JON HAMMOND at B3 Organ — with Hidefumi Nose at Rug Time

Erzsi Bagdi
Works at Itthoni és külföldi színpadok

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Narada Michael Walden
President at Tarpan Studios

Yukihiko Nakatsuka
兵庫県立兵庫高等学校

Yuko Ishida
武庫川女子大学短期大学部英文科

R.I.P. Robert Palmer — I met Robert in Hamburg St. Pauli when I was playing a gig at Schmidt’s on the Spielbudenplatz Reeperbahn – he came in with his band and they were all wearing frilly tuxedo shirts, so I asked him if they were a band and he told me his name Robert Palmer, I recognized him then – this was 1997.

He was telling me he lived in Switzerland, very nice cat. I gave him one of my Late Rent CD’s to take back to Switzerland. They must have had a gig in Hamburg, reminded me of being in show band Easy Living wearing our show band uniforms in to Howard Johnson’s after the gig. Rest in peace Robert Palmer – Jon Hammond
Robert’s Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Palmer_(singer)
Birth name Robert Allen Palmer
Born 19 January 1949
Batley, West Yorkshire, England
Died 26 September 2003 (aged 54)
Paris, France
Genres Rock, pop, blue-eyed soul
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instrumentalist
Record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums
Years active 1964–2003
Labels Island, EMI
Associated acts The Power Station, Vinegar Joe, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Duran Duran
1964–1973: Early bands

Palmer’s father was an English naval intelligence officer stationed in Malta. Palmer moved with his family to Scarborough, Yorkshire in 1959. Influenced as a child by blues, soul and jazz music on American Forces Radio, Robert Palmer joined his first band, The Mandrakes, at the age of 15 while still at Scarborough Boys’ High School. His first major break came with the departure of singer Jess Roden from the band The Alan Bown Set in 1969, after which Palmer was invited to London to sing on their single “Gypsy Girl”.[5] The vocals for the album The Alan Bown Set!, originally recorded by Roden (and released in the US that way), were re-recorded by Palmer after the success of the single. According to music journalist Paul Lester, Palmer rose from northern clubs in England to become “elegant and sophisticated” and the master of several styles.[6]
In 1970, Palmer joined the 12-piece jazz-rock fusion band Dada, which featured singer Elkie Brooks. The band lasted a year, after which Brooks and Palmer formed the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful rhythm and blues group, Vinegar Joe; Palmer sang and played rhythm guitar. Signed to the Island Records label, they released three albums: Vinegar Joe (1972), Rock ‘n’ Roll Gypsies (1972) and Six Star General (1973), before disbanding in March 1974
1974–1984: Early solo career..

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America’s pride The Blue Angels here at SFO to perform fearlessly in honor of Fleet Week 2012 with support from United Airlines Team at United Family Day very special annual event, special thanks to all these fine folks it takes to make it happen. From the Firefighters, to the Mechanics, Air Controllers, Crew, Food Preparations even the Imperial Storm Troopers from Star Wars were on hand for this very special family day – with music here from The Jon Hammond Band with special guest Lee Oskar harmonica, recent performance in Frankfurt Germany at the famous Jazzkeller “Tribute to 9/11 – Get Back In The Groove” Tony Lakatos tenor sax, Giovanni Gulino drums, Joe Berger guitar, Jon Hammond at Sk1 organ, enjoy folks! Sincerely, Jon Hammond http://www.HammondCast.com

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 Very special performance on first ever Hammond night in Hilton Hotel
Lobby at Winter NAMM 2013 presented by Hammond Suzuki USA “Sound Soul
Summit”
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Jon Hammond with Joe Lamond NAMM President CEO

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PMauriat NAMM Jam Sunday Blues Session Thanks to all the fine players who joined us on this fun session at P.Mauriat NAMM Stand in the final hours of the last day Sunday , we get the blues – like the end of summer camp, say goodbye until next year and hopefully we’ll see some of you in Frankfurt Musikmesse!

Tenor Saxophonist Juan Alzate

The Tradition Continues! 18th Year Musikmesse-Session – Wir Sehen Uns, ab 12 April Freitag Abend – Jon Hammond Band

21:00UHR
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Joe Berger guitar
Peter Klohmann tenor sax
Totó Giovanni Gulino schlagzeug
Jon Hammond orgel
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Jon Hammond’s annual Musikmesse-Session in Jazzkeller Hofheim, here paying tribute to Jimi Hendrix covering Little Wing
with Joe Berger guitar, Giovanni Gulino drums, Peter Klohmann tenor sax, Jon Hammond on Sk1 Hammond organ
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Hoai Phuong Nguyen alto

Willie Bradley trumpet

Thanks to all the fine players who joined us on this fun session at P.Mauriat NAMM Stand in the final hours of the last day Sunday , we get the blues – like the end of summer camp, say goodbye until next year and hopefully we’ll see some of you in Frankfurt Musikmesse! Jon Hammond at the Sk1 organ with great players Greg Osby alto, Juan Alzate tenor, Willie Bradley trumpet, Jason Palmer trumpet, Tim Green alto, Alejandro Chiabrando tenor and more – special thanks Alex Mingmann Hsieh, Yao Shake, Agnieszka Obrebska and all Team P.Mauriat, Jim Wischmeyer Bag End Powered Speakers – see you next year at NAMM 2014, go for the sound! Jon Hammond P.Mauriat Go For The Sound Sunday Blues Session Saxophones Trumpets Organ NAMM Jam Anaheim

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HammondCast 36 Jon’s Journal December 10 2012

December 10, 2012

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Jon Hammond in New York City just back from Germany music tour and 20th year at Musikmesse Frankfurt trade show…digging deep in to the archives to present a special show put together by Jon in 1993 in Frankfurt Hausen-BROTFABRIK (the old Bread Factory) Jon Hammond presenting French Pianist FRANCOISE PUJOL first time in Germany along with RICHARD BONA on bass from Cameroon & Paris, now living in NY and FRANCIS LASSOUS – drums/batterie. A crazy story about how Jon convinced Bonsedorfer Piano Company to bring their most expensive concert-grand piano for Francoise to play there. The musicians got in to an argument at sound check and Jon almost had to play the famous piano, but thankfully it worked out and the tension made for some great playing! ..

Midnight Cake with James Brown Godfather of Soul – visiting his Godson of Soul Michael Falkenstein and Michael’s Family in Setzingen, after a long drive with his entourage in 2 white limousines – that’s the manager Judge Bradley on Michael’s right – it’s good to have a Judge for your personal manager when you are James Brown folks! Jon Hammond Youtube http://youtu.be/VjiDnJM0bd0
Congratulations 30th year Hammond Organ Germany Studio pictorial James Brown Visiting his God Son Michael Falkenstein – incredible must see and hear:

James Brown the Godfather of Soul and his God Son Michael Falkenstein at the Hammond organ with original music soundtrack from Jon Hammond radio program HammondCast – musical selections:
Time With You
Six Year Itch
Get Back In The Groove
Watermelon Man
Late Rent / HammondCast Outro
R.I.P. Godfather of Soul James Brown – here in Hammond Organ Germany Studios with his actual God Son Michael Falkenstein, amazing but true. enjoy, Jon Hammond
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Brown
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist. He is one of the founding fathers of funk music and is a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance. In a career that spanned six decades, Brown profoundly influenced the development of many different musical genres.[7] Brown moved on a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly “Africanized” approach to music making.[8] First coming to national public attention in the mid 1950’s as a member of the R&B singing group The Famous Flames[9][10], Brown performed in concerts, first making his rounds across the Chitlin’ Circuit, and then across the country and later around the world, along with appearing in shows on television and in movies. Although he contributed much to the music world through his hitmaking, Brown holds the record as the artist who charted the most singles on the Billboard Hot 100 without ever hitting number one on that chart.[11][12]
For many years, Brown’s touring show was one of the most extravagant productions in American popular music. At the time of Brown’s death, his band included three guitarists, two bass guitar players, two drummers, three horns and a percussionist.[13] The bands that he maintained during the late 1960s and 1970s were of comparable size, and the bands also included a three-piece amplified string section that played during ballads.[14] Brown employed between 40 and 50 people for the James Brown Revue, and members of the revue traveled with him in a bus to cities and towns all over the country, performing upwards of 330 shows a year with almost all of the shows as one-nighters.[15][16] In 1986, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in 2000 into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.[17] Brown died on Christmas Day 2006 from heart failure after becoming ill two days earlier and being hospitalized for hours. He is buried in Beech Island, South Carolina.
Background information
Birth name James Joseph Brown, Jr.[1]
Also known as “The Godfather of Soul”[2][3][4]
Born May 3, 1933
Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Origin Toccoa, Georgia
Died December 25, 2006 (aged 73)
Atlanta, Georgia[5]
Genres R&B, soul, funk, doo-wop, rock ‘n’ roll, blues, jazz
Occupations Musician, songwriter, dancer, bandleader, record producer, actor
Instruments Vocals, drums, percussion, piano, keyboards, organ
Years active 1945[6]–2006
Labels Federal, King, Dade, Try Me, Smash, People, Polydor, Scotti Bros.
Associated acts The Famous Flames, The J.B.’s, Bobby Byrd, The Soul Generals, Lyn Collins, Bobby Bennett, Bootsy Collins
Early life

James Brown was born in Barnwell, South Carolina on May 3, 1933, to Susie (née Behlings) Brown (August 8, 1916 – February 26, 2004)[18] and Joseph (“Joe”) Gardner (March 29, 1911 – July 10, 1993) (who changed his surname to Brown after Mattie Brown who raised him).[18] Although Brown was to be named after his father Joseph, his first and middle names were mistakenly reversed on his birth certificate. He therefore became James Joseph Brown, Jr.[1] As a young child, Brown was called Junior. When he later lived with his aunt and cousin, he was called Little Junior since his cousin’s nickname was also Junior.[1] Later as an adult, Brown legally changed his name to remove the “Jr.” designation. Brown claimed to have African, Chinese and Native American ancestry.[19][20]
As a young child, Brown and his family lived in extreme poverty[11] in nearby Elko, South Carolina, which at the time was an impoverished town in Barnwell County. When Brown was two years old, his parents separated after his mother left his father for another man.[21] After his mother abandoned the family, Brown continued to live with his father and his father’s live-in girlfriends until he was six years old. His father then sent him to live with an aunt, who ran a house of prostitution.[22] Even though Brown lived with relatives, he spent long stretches of time on his own, hanging out on the streets and hustling to get by.[11] Brown managed to stay in school until he dropped out in the seventh grade.[23] During his childhood, Brown earned money shining shoes, sweeping out stores, selling and trading in old stamps, washing cars and dishes and singing in talent contests.[11] Brown also performed buck dances for change to entertain troops from Camp Gordon at the start of World War II as their convoys traveled over a canal bridge near his aunt’s home.[21][22] Between earning money from these adventures, Brown taught himself to play a harmonica given to him by his father.[21] He learned to play some guitar from Tampa Red, in addition to learning to play piano and drums from others he met during this time.[21] Brown was inspired to become an entertainer after watching Louis Jordan, a popular jazz and R&B performer during the 1940s, and Jordan’s Tympany Five performing “Caldonia” in a short film.[24]
Brown began his performing career at the age of 12, forming his first vocal group, the Cremona Trio in 1945, where they won local talent shows at Augusta concert halls such as the Lenox and Harlem theaters.[6] As a result of this success, the group would later gig at several high schools and local army bases.[6] At the age of sixteen, he was convicted of armed robbery and sent to a juvenile detention center upstate in Toccoa in 1949.[8] While in prison, he formed a gospel quartet with fellow cell mates Johnny Terry, “Hucklebuck” Davis and a person named “Shag”, and made homemade instruments – a comb and paper, a washtub bass, a drum kit made from lard tubs and for Brown, what he called “a sort of mandolin [made] out of a wooden box.”[6] Due to the latter instrument, Brown was given his first nickname, “Music Box”. In 1952, while still in reform school, Brown met future R&B legend Bobby Byrd, who was there playing baseball against the reform school team. Byrd saw Brown perform there and admired his singing and performing talent.[21] As a result of this friendship, Byrd’s family helped Brown secure an early release on June 14, 1952 after serving three years of his sentence. The authorities agreed to release Brown on the condition that he would get a job and not return to Augusta or Richmond County and also under the condition he find a decent job and sing for the Lord as he had promised in his parole letter. After stints as a boxer[25] and baseball pitcher in semi-professional baseball (a career move ended by a leg injury), Brown turned his energy toward music.[26]
[edit]Career

[edit]1954–1960: The Famous Flames
Main article: The Famous Flames
By 1954, Brown had tried to get a deal with his gospel group, the Ever Ready Gospel Singers after recording a version of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”, but returned to Toccoa when they failed to get a deal.[6] Returning, his friend Bobby Byrd asked Brown to join his R&B group, the Avons, who had previously gone under the name the Gospel Starlighters to avoid controversy with church leaders. Brown replaced another vocalist, Troy Collins, who died in a car crash.[6] The group, which included alongside Byrd and Brown; Sylvester Keels, Doyle Oglesby, Fred Pulliam and Johnny Terry, modeled themselves after the R&B groups of the day including The Orioles, The Five Keys, and Billy Ward and His Dominoes.[6] Gigging through Georgia and South Carolina, they again changed their name to the Toccoa Band to avoid confusion with two other groups who shared the Avons moniker.[6] Under this name, Brown recruited guitarist Nafloyd Scott and, under their manager Barry Tremier, added assorted percussion.[6]
While performing in Macon, Georgia, having now changed their name to The Flames, a club promoter, Clint Brantley (then agent of Brown’s idol, Little Richard[27]), suggested the band add “Famous” in front of their name to draw more people to his club.[6] The group began composing and performing their own songs during this time including a Brown composition called “Goin’ Back to Rome” and a ballad Brown co-wrote with Terry titled “Please, Please, Please”. After Little Richard left Macon for Los Angeles after the release of “Tutti Frutti”, Brantley included the band at every venue Richard had performed, leading to the growth of the group’s success. Before Christmas 1955, Brantley had the group record a demo of “Please, Please, Please” for a local Macon radio station.[6] Based on two accounts, “Please, Please, Please” was inspired in the following manner: Etta James stated that during her first meeting with Brown in Macon, Brown “used to carry around an old tattered napkin with him, because Little Richard had written the words, ‘please, please, please’ on it and James was determined to make a song out of it…”;[28] the remainder of the song came together after the group heard The Orioles’ rock ‘n’ roll version of Big Joe Williams’ hit, “Baby Please Don’t Go”, taking its melody from the song.[6]
Federal Records president Ralph Bass signed the Famous Flames to his label in February 1956 and had them record the song in Cincinnati’s King Studios. Released the following March, the song became the Famous Flames’ first R&B hit, selling over a million copies.[29] Despite the song’s success, other songs such as “I Don’t Know”, “No No No”, “Just Won’t Do Right”, and “Chonnie-On-Chon” failed to chart.[6]
By March 1957, a full year after the release of “Please, Please, Please”, most members of the Famous Flames had left the group after the group’s new manager, Universal Attractions Agency Chief Ben Bart, insisted that the group’s billing be “James Brown and The Famous Flames”.[6] After Little Richard left show business for the ministry, Brown was asked to fill in leftover dates leading to an increase in his concert success and the eventual recruitment of members of the vocal group, the Dominions, to replace the Famous Flames. The first single under this new lineup, “That Dood It”, failed to chart. In late 1958, Brown financed the demo of the ballad, “Try Me”. Released that October, it returned the Famous Flames to the charts and reached No. 1 on the R&B chart in February 1959 becoming the first of 17 chart-topping hits on the R&B chart which were credited to Brown over the next 15 years with six of them credited to the Famous Flames.[30]
Bolstered by this success, Brown recruited a new band that consisted of saxophonist J. C. Davis, guitarist Bobby Roach, bassist Bernard Odum, trumpeter Roscoe Patrick, saxophonist Albert Corley, drummer Nat Kendrick and his old band mate Bobby Byrd, who had rejoined Brown’s band on organ. This resulted in the next Brown hit, “I Want You So Bad”, which peaked in the Top 20 on the Billboard R&B chart.[6] The newly hailed “James Brown Band” debuted at the Apollo Theater on April 24, 1959, opening for Little Willie John.[6] Following his dismissal of the 1957–58 Famous Flames lineup, he hired “Baby” Lloyd Stallworth and Bobby Bennett as replacements with Byrd and Johnny Terry returning as members.[6] The lineup of Brown,Byrd,Bennett,Stallworth, and Terry proved to be the permanent and definitive Famous Flames lineup. The confusion concerning the Famous Flames singing group in the eyes of the public was that, for years, the Famous Flames were often mistaken for, and confused with, Brown’s backing band; fellow Famous Flame Byrd was also a member of the backing band at one point. Initially a vocal and instrumental group, the Famous Flames, after signing with Federal, developed into a straight vocal group, a separate entity from the James Brown Band. In early 1960, Brown’s band recorded the top ten R&B hit, “(Do the) Mashed Potatoes” on Dade Records, owned by Henry Stone, under the pseudonym “Nat Kendrick & The Swans” because Brown’s label refused to release it.[31] As a result of this, Syd Nathan decided to shift Brown’s contract from Federal to Federal’s parent label, King Records.[6]
[edit]1960–1966: Commercial breakthrough
By 1960, having been influenced more by jazz music than blues, Brown began incorporating jazz styled arrangements in his music, with Brown naming the Famous Flames hits “I’ll Go Crazy” and “Think” as examples of his changing style away from more traditional forms of R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.[6] Following the two “albums”, Please, Please, Please and Try Me under the name James Brown and The Famous Flames, Think! was Brown’s first full-length ‘solo’ album, .[6] Brown’s next albums displayed a range from vocal performances to instrumentals. Brown’s band recorded the instrumental hit, “Night Train”, which was among the first to credit Brown as composer, and which became a Top 5 R&B hit and even briefly crossed over into the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. The ballad “Lost Someone” became, along with “Please, Please, Please”, an early show-stopper during Brown’s performances, while the recording of the Joe Tex composition, “Baby You’re Right” (which Brown altered substantially), increased his reputation with R&B audiences.
On October 24, 1962, Brown financed a live recording of a midnight performance at the Apollo and convinced Syd Nathan to release the album. Nathan felt that, because everyone had already brought the singles Brown performed live on this recording, no one would be interested in an album that contained no new material, and he warned Brown that live albums usually were bad sellers. Brown refused to listen, and thus the album, Live at the Apollo was released. The album was a great success, reaching No. 2 on the pop chart and selling a million copies; it stayed on the charts for fourteen months.[32] Influenced by the crossover success of Ray Charles, Brown began to perform pop standards and succeeded with his first Top 20 single, “Prisoner of Love”. That year, Brown also launched Try Me Records, releasing records by Tammy Montgomery and Johnny & Bill (Famous Flame Johnny Terry and former Flame Bill Hollings) and the Poets (the latter composed of members of Brown’s backing band).
In 1964, figuring his deal with King was at an end, Brown and fellow Famous Flame Bobby Byrd formed the production company, Fair Deal, linking the operation to a new label, Mercury imprint Smash Records.[6][33] However, King Records fought Brown’s departure and was granted an injunction preventing Brown from releasing any vocal recordings for his new label. Prior to this injunction, Brown had already released three vocal singles, including a cover of Louis Jordan’s “Caldonia”, and the 12-bar blues rock and roll number, “Out of Sight”, which further indicated the direction his sound was going to take.[34] Touring throughout 1964, Brown and The Flames soon grabbed more national attention when they performed a explosive performance in the live concert film The T.A.M.I. Show, where Brown’s energetic dance moves together with the polished choreography and timing of the Famous Flames let them upstage the show’s closing act, The Rolling Stones. In June 1965, King and Brown signed a new recording contract and released “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”, which became his first Top 10 hit single, winning Brown his first Grammy.[35] Later in 1965, King released the uptempo rock ‘n’ roll song, “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, which, in late 1965, reached No. 1 on the R&B charts and, in early 1966, reached the mainstream Top 10, peaking at No. 3. Later in 1966, Brown’s reputation as a hit maker was confirmed with the release of the blues-inspired soul ballad, “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”.[35]
[edit]1967–1969: Soul Brother No. 1
Brown’s success on the charts continued vastly in 1967. His No. 1 R&B hit that year, “Cold Sweat”, sometimes cited as the first true funk song, was the first of his recordings to contain a drum break and the first that featured a harmony that was reduced to a single chord.[36][37] The instrumental arrangements on tracks such as “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose” and “Licking Stick-Licking Stick” (both recorded in 1968) and “Funky Drummer” (recorded in 1969) featured a more developed version of Brown’s mid-1960s style, with the horn section, guitars, bass and drums meshed together in intricate rhythmic patterns based on multiple interlocking riffs.
Changes in Brown’s style that started with “Cold Sweat” also established the musical foundation for Brown’s later hits, such as “I Got the Feelin'” (1968) and “Mother Popcorn” (1969). By this time Brown’s vocals frequently took the form of a kind of rhythmic declamation, not quite sung but not quite spoken, that only intermittently featured traces of pitch or melody. This would become a major influence on the techniques of rapping, which would come to maturity along with hip hop music in the coming decades.
Brown’s style of funk in the late 1960s was based on interlocking syncopated parts: funky bass lines, drum patterns, and iconic guitar riffs.[38] The main guitar ostinatos for “Ain’t it Funky” (c. late 1960s), and “Give it Up or Turn it Lose” (1969), are examples of Brown’s refinement of New Orleans funk; irresistibly danceable riffs, stripped down to their rhythmic essence. On “Ain’t it Funky” (c. late 1960s), and “Give it Up or Turn it Lose” (1969), the tonal structure is bare bones. The pattern of attack-points is the emphasis, not the pattern of pitches. It’s as if the guitar is an African drum, or idiophone. Alexander Stewart states that this popular feel was passed along from “New Orleans—through James Brown’s music, to the popular music of the 1970s.”[39] Those same tracks were later resurrected by countless hip-hop musicians from the 1970s onward. As a result, James Brown remains to this day the world’s most sampled recording artist,[40] with “Funky Drummer” itself becoming the most sampled individual piece of music
“Bring it Up” has an Afro-Cuban guajeo-like structure. In fact, on a 1976 version, Cuban bongos are used. All three of these guitar riffs are based on an onbeat/offbeat structure. Stewart states: “This model, it should be noted, is different from a time line (such as clave and tresillo) in that it is not an exact pattern, but more of a loose organizing principle.”
It was around this time as the musician’s popularity increased that he acquired the nickname, “Soul Brother No. 1”, after failing to win the title “King of Soul” from Solomon Burke during a Chicago gig two years prior.[43] Brown’s recordings during this period influenced musicians across the industry, most notably groups such as Sly and the Family Stone, Funkadelic, Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, Booker T. & the M.G.’s as well as vocalists such as Edwin Starr, David Ruffin and Dennis Edwards from The Temptations, and Michael Jackson, who, throughout his career, cited Brown as his ultimate idol.[44]
Brown’s band during this period employed musicians and arrangers who had come up through the jazz tradition. He was noted for his ability as a bandleader and songwriter to blend the simplicity and drive of R&B with the rhythmic complexity and precision of jazz. Trumpeter Lewis Hamlin and saxophonist/keyboardist Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis (the successor to previous bandleader Nat Jones) led the band. Guitarist Jimmy Nolen provided percussive, deceptively simple riffs for each song, and Maceo Parker’s prominent saxophone solos provided a focal point for many performances. Other members of Brown’s band included stalwart Famous Flames singer and sideman Bobby Byrd, drummers John “Jabo” Starks, Clyde Stubblefield and Melvin Parker, saxophonist St. Clair Pinckney, trombonist Fred Wesley, guitarist Alphonso “Country” Kellum and bassist Bernard Odum.
During this period, Brown’s music empire also expanded along with his influence on the music scene. As Brown’s music empire grew, his desire for financial and artistic independence grew as well. Brown bought radio stations during the late 1960s, including WRDW in his native Augusta, where he shined shoes as a boy.[35] In November 1967, James Brown purchased radio station WGYW in Knoxville, Tennessee for a reported $75,000, according to the January 20, 1968 Record World magazine. The call letters were changed to WJBE reflecting his initials. WJBE began on January 15, 1968 and broadcast a Rhythm & Blues format. The station slogan was “WJBE 1430 Raw Soul”. Brown also bought WEBB in Baltimore in 1970. At the time it was mentioned “Brown has also branched out into real estate and music publishing in recent months”. Brown also branched out to make several recordings with musicians outside his own band. In an attempt to appeal to the older, more affluent, and predominantly white adult contemporary audience, Brown recorded Gettin’ Down To It (1969) and Soul on Top (1970)–two albums consisting mostly of romantic ballads, jazz standards, and homologous reinterpretations of his earlier hits—with the Dee Felice Trio and the Louie Bellson Orchestra. In 1968, he recorded a number of funk-oriented tracks with The Dapps, a white Cincinnati bar band, including the hit “I Can’t Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)”. He also released three albums of Christmas music with his own band.
[edit]1970–1976: Godfather of Soul
In March 1970, most of the members of Brown’s mid-to-late 1960s road band walked out on him due to money disputes. Additionally, The Famous Flames singing group disbanded for the same reason, with only original and founding member Bobby Byrd electing to remain with Brown. Brown and Byrd subsequently recruited several members of the Cincinnati-based The Pacemakers, which included Bootsy Collins and his brother Phelps “Catfish” Collins; augmented by the remaining members of the 1960s road band (including Fred Wesley, who rejoined Brown’s outfit in December 1970) and other newer musicians, they would form the nucleus of The J.B.’s, Brown’s new backing ensemble. Shortly following their first performance together, the band entered the studio to record the Brown-Byrd composition, “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine”; the song and other contemporaneous singles would further concretize Brown’s influence in the nascent genre of funk music. This iteration of The J.B.’s dissolved after a March 1971 European tour (documented on the 1991 archival release Love Power Peace) due to additional money disputes and Bootsy Collins’ use of LSD; the Collins brothers would soon become integral members of Parliament-Funkadelic, while a new lineup of The J.B.’s coalesced around Wesley, St. Clair Pinckney, and drummer John Starks.
In 1971, Brown began recording for Polydor Records which also took over distribution of Brown’s King Records catalog. Many of his sidemen and supporting players, including Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s, Bobby Byrd, Lyn Collins, Vicki Anderson and former rival Hank Ballard, released records on the People label, an imprint founded by Brown that was purchased by Polydor as part of Brown’s new contract. The recordings on the People label, almost all of which were produced by Brown himself, exemplified his “house style”. Songs such as “I Know You Got Soul” by Bobby Byrd, “Think (About It)” by Lyn Collins and “Doing It to Death” by Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s are considered as much a part of Brown’s recorded legacy as the recordings released under his own name. That year, he also began touring African countries and was received well by audiences there. During the 1972 presidential election, James Brown openly proclaimed his support of Richard Nixon for reelection of the presidency over Democrat candidate George McGovern.[45] The decision led to a boycott of his records being played on radio and concert ticket drops. As a result Brown’s record sales and concerts in the United States reached a lull in 1973 as he failed to land a number-one R&B single that year. Brown relied more on touring outside the United States where he continued to perform for sold-out crowds in cities such as London, Paris and Lausanne. That year, Brown also faced problems with the IRS for failure to pay back taxes, charging he hadn’t paid upwards of $4.5 million, five years earlier, the IRS claimed he owed nearly $2 million.[46]
In 1973, Brown provided the score for the blaxploitation film Black Caesar. He also recorded another soundtrack for the film, Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off. Following the release of these soundtracks, Brown acquired a self-styled nickname, “The Godfather of Soul”, which remains his most popular nickname. In 1974, he returned to the No. 1 spot on the R&B charts with “The Payback”, with the parent album reaching the same spot on the album charts; he would reach No. 1 two more times in 1974 including “My Thang” and “Papa Don’t Take No Mess”. Later that year, he returned to Africa and performed in Kinshasa as part of the buildup to The Rumble in the Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman. Admirers of Brown’s music, including Miles Davis and other jazz musicians, began to cite Brown as a major influence on their own styles. However, Brown, like others who were influenced by his music, also “borrowed” from other musicians. His 1976 single “Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)” (R&B #31) used the main riff from “Fame” by David Bowie, not the other way around as was often believed. The riff was provided to “Fame” co-writers John Lennon and Bowie by guitarist Carlos Alomar, who had briefly been a member of Brown’s band in the late 1960s.[47]
Brown’s “Papa Don’t Take No Mess” would be his final single to reach the No. 1 spot on the R&B charts and his final Top 40 pop single of the 1970s, though Brown continued to occasionally have Top 10 R&B recordings. Among his top ten R&B hits during this latter period included “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” and “Get Up Offa That Thing”, the latter song released in 1976 and aimed at musical rivals such as Barry White, The Ohio Players and K.C. and the Sunshine Band. Brown credited his then-second wife and two of their children as writers of the song to avoid concurrent tax problems with the IRS.
[edit]1977–1988: Decline and resurgence

By 1977, Brown was no longer a dominant force in R&B. After “Get Up Offa That Thing”, thirteen of Brown’s late 1970s recordings for Polydor, failed to reach the Top 10 of the R&B chart, with only “Body Heat” in 1976 and the disco-oriented “It’s Too Funky in Here” in 1979 reaching the R&B Top 15 and the ballad “Kiss in ’77” reaching the Top 20. After 1976’s “Bodyheat”, he also failed to appear on the Billboard Hot 100. As a result, Brown’s concert attendance began dropping and reported disputes with the IRS caused Brown’s empire to collapse. In addition, Brown’s former band mates, including Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and the Collins brothers, had found bigger success as members of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic collective. The emergence of disco also stopped Brown’s success on the R&B charts as its slicker commercial style had superseded his rawer funk productions. Brown recorded disco material on his albums starting with 1975’s Sex Machine Today, producing less than favorable results.
By the release of 1979’s The Original Disco Man, Brown wasn’t providing much production or writing, leading most of it to producer Brad Shapiro, resulting in the song “It’s Too Funky in Here” becoming Brown’s most successful single in this period. After two more albums failed to chart, Brown left Polydor in 1981. It was right along this time that Brown changed the name of his band from The J.B.’s to the Soul Generals (or Soul G’s). This band’s name remained that way until his death. Despite a fallout from record sales, Brown enjoyed something of a resurgence in this period starting with cameo roles in the feature films The Blues Brothers, Doctor Detroit and Rocky IV, as well as guest starring in the Miami Vice episode “Missing Hours” (1988). In 1984, Brown teamed with rap musician Afrika Bambaattaa on the song, “Unity”. A year later he signed with Scotti Brothers Records and issued the moderately successful album, Gravity, in 1986, which included Brown’s final Top 10 pop hit, “Living in America”, marking his first Top 40 entry since 1974 and his first Top 10 pop entry since 1968. Produced and written by Dan Hartman, it was also featured prominently on the Rocky IV film and soundtrack. Brown performed the song in the film at Apollo Creed’s final fight, shot in the Ziegfeld Room at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and was credited in the film as “The Godfather of Soul.” In 1987, Brown won the Grammy for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance for “Living in America.”
In 1988, Brown worked with the production team Full Force on the new jack swing-influenced album I’m Real, which spawned his final two Top 10 R&B hits, “I’m Real” and “Static”, which peaked at No. 2 and No. 5, respectively, on the R&B charts. Meanwhile, the drum break from the second version of the original 1969 hit “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose” (the recording included on the compilation album In the Jungle Groove) became so popular at hip hop dance parties (especially for breakdance) during the late 1970s and early 1980s that hip hop founding father Kurtis Blow called the song “the national anthem of hip hop”.
1991–2006: Final years

James Brown in Belgrade in 1993
After his stint in prison during the late 1980s, Brown returned with the album, Love Overdue, in 1991, which included the single, “(So Tired Of Standing Still We Got To) Move On”, which peaked at No. 48 on the R&B chart. His former record label Polydor also released the four-CD box set, Star Time, featuring nearly all of Brown’s hit recordings. Brown’s release from prison also sparked Brown’s former record labels to reissue the musician’s albums on CD, featuring additional singles and commentary by experts on Brown’s music. That same year, Brown guest appeared on rapper MC Hammer’s video for “Too Legit to Quit”. Hammer had been noted, alongside Big Daddy Kane, for bringing Brown’s unique stage shows and their own energetic dance moves to the hip-hop generation, with both Hammer and Kane listing Brown as their idol. Both musicians also sampled Brown’s work, with Hammer having sampled the rhythms from “Super Bad” for his song, “Here Comes the Hammer”, from his best-selling work, Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em. Before the year was over, Brown, who had immediately returned to work with his band following his release, organized a pay-per-view concert following a show at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre, that was well received.
Brown continued releasing recordings: in 1993, he issued the album, Universal James, which included Brown’s final Billboard charted single, “Can’t Get Any Harder”, which peaked at No. 76 on the US R&B chart and No. 59 on the UK chart. Its brief charting in the UK was probably due to the success of a remixed version of “I Feel Good” featuring Dakeyne. Brown also released the singles, “How Long” and “Georgia-Lina”, these songs failed to chart. In 1995, Brown returned to the Apollo, and released the live album, Live at the Apollo 1995, which included a studio track titled “Respect Me”, which was released as a single; again it failed to chart. He followed that song by releasing the megamix, “Hooked on Brown”, in 1996. Brown’s final studio albums, I’m Back and The Next Step, were released in 1998 and 2002 respectively. I’m Back featured Brown’s final charted single to date, “Funk On Ah Roll”, which peaked at No. 40 in the UK but didn’t chart in his native America. The Next Step issued Brown’s final single, “Killing is Out, School is In”. Both albums were produced by Derrick Monk. Brown’s concert success, however, remained unabated and Brown kept up with a grueling schedule throughout the remainder of his life, living up to his previous nickname, “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business”, in spite of his advanced age. In 2003, Brown participated in the PBS American Masters television documentary James Brown: Soul Survivor, which was directed by Jeremy Marre.
Brown celebrated his status as an icon by appearing in a variety of entertainment and sports events, including an appearance on the WCW pay-per-view event, SuperBrawl X, where he danced alongside wrestler Ernest “The Cat” Miller, who based his character on Brown, during his in-ring skit with The Maestro. Brown was then featured in Tony Scott’s short film, Beat the Devil, in 2001. Brown was featured alongside Clive Owen, Gary Oldman, Danny Trejo and Marilyn Manson.[49] Brown also made a cameo appearance in the 2002 Jackie Chan film The Tuxedo, in which Chan was required to finish Brown’s act after Brown was accidentally knocked out by Chan.[50] In 2002, Brown appeared in Undercover Brother, playing himself.

James Brown performing on October 22, 2003
Brown appeared at Edinburgh 50,000 – The Final Push, the final Live 8 concert on July 6, 2005, where he performed a duet with British pop star Will Young on “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag”. He also performed a duet with another British pop star, Joss Stone, a week earlier on the United Kingdom chat show Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. Before his death, Brown was scheduled to perform a duet with singer Annie Lennox on the song “Vengeance” for her new album Venus, which was released in 2007. In 2006, Brown continued his “Seven Decades Of Funk World Tour”, his last concert tour where he performed all over the world. His final U.S. performance was in San Francisco on August 20, 2006, as headliner at the Festival of the Golden Gate (Foggfest) on the Great Meadow at Fort Mason. His last shows were greeted with positive reviews, and one of his final concert appearances at the Irish Oxegen festival in Punchestown in 2006 was performed for a record crowd of 80,000 people. Brown’s last televised appearance was at his induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2006, before his death the following month.
[edit]James Brown Revue

[edit]Concert introduction
Before James Brown appeared on stage, his personal MC gave him an elaborate introduction accompanied by drumrolls, as the MC worked in Brown’s various sobriquets along with the names of many of his hit songs. The introduction by Fats Gonder, captured on Brown’s 1962 album Live at the Apollo album, is a representative example:
So now ladies and gentlemen it is star time, are you ready for star time? Thank you and thank you very kindly. It is indeed a great pleasure to present to you at this particular time, national and international[ly] known as the hardest working man in show business, the man that sings “I’ll Go Crazy” … “Try Me” … “You’ve Got the Power” … “Think” … “If You Want Me” … “I Don’t Mind” … “Bewildered” …the million dollar seller, “Lost Someone” … the very latest release, “Night Train” … let’s everybody “Shout and Shimmy” … Mr. Dynamite, the amazing Mr. Please Please himself, the star of the show, James Brown and The Famous Flames!![51]
Among the MCs who worked with Brown and his revue through the years, Brown’s most famous MC was Danny Ray, who appeared on stage with him for over 30 years.
Concert repertoire and format

Brown and MC Danny Ray during cape routine, BBC Electric Proms ’06 concert
James Brown’s performances were famous for their intensity and length. His own stated goal was to “give people more than what they came for — make them tired, ’cause that’s what they came for.'”[52] Brown’s concert repertoire consisted mostly of his own hits and recent songs, with a few R&B covers mixed in. Brown danced vigorously as he sang, working popular dance steps such as the Mashed Potato into his routine along with dramatic leaps, splits and slides. In addition, his horn players and backup singers (The Famous Flames) typically performed choreographed dance routines, and later incarnations of the Revue included backup dancers. Male performers in the Revue were required to wear tuxedoes and cummerbunds long after more casual concert wear became the norm among the younger musical acts. Brown’s own extravagant outfits and his elaborate processed hairdo completed the visual impression.
A James Brown concert typically included a performance by a featured vocalist, such as Vicki Anderson or Marva Whitney, and an instrumental feature for the band, which sometimes served as the opening act for the show. Although Brown released many live albums, Say It Live & Loud: Live in Dallas August 26, 1968, released by Polydor in 1998, was one of only a few audio recordings that captured a performance of the James Brown Revue from beginning to end.
[edit]Cape routine
A trademark feature of Brown’s stage shows, usually during the song “Please, Please, Please”, involved Brown dropping to his knees while clutching the microphone stand in his hands, prompting the show’s longtime MC, Danny Ray, to come out, drape a cape over Brown’s shoulders and escort him off the stage after he had worked himself to exhaustion during his performance. As Brown was escorted off the stage by the MC, Brown’s vocal group, The Famous Flames, continued singing the background vocals “Please, please don’t go-oh-oh”.[53] Brown would then shake off the cape and stagger back to the microphone to perform an encore. Brown’s routine was inspired by a similar one used by the professional wrestler Gorgeous George.[51][54]
Brown performs a version of the cape routine over the closing credits of the film Blues Brothers 2000.
The best place to view the “cape routine” is in Brown’s performance during the “T.A.M.I. Show” available on DVD.
[edit]As band leader
Brown demanded extreme discipline, perfection and precision from his musicians and dancers — right down to when performers in his Revue showed up for rehearsals all the way to whether members wore the right “uniform” or “costume” for concert performances.[55] During an interview conducted by Terri Gross during the NPR segment “Fresh Air” with Maceo Parker, a former saxophonist in Brown’s band for most of the 1960s and part of the 1970s and 1980s, Parker offered his experience with the discipline that Brown demanded of the band:
You gotta be on time. You gotta have your uniform. Your stuff’s got to be intact. You gotta have the bow tie. You got to have it. You can’t come up without the bow tie. You cannot come up without a cummerbund … [The] patent leather shoes we were wearing at the time gotta be greased. You just gotta have this stuff. This is what [Brown expected] … [Brown] bought the costumes. He bought the shoes. And if for some reason [the band member decided] to leave the group, [Brown told the person to] please leave my uniforms ….
—Maceo Parker[56]
Brown also had a practice of directing, correcting and assessing fines on members of his band who broke his rules, such as wearing unshined shoes, dancing out of sync or showing up late on stage.[26] During some of his concert performances, Brown danced in front of his band with his back to the audience as he slid across the floor, flashing hand signals and splaying his pulsating fingers to the beat of the music. Although audiences thought Brown’s dance routine was part of his act, this practice was actually his way of pointing to the offending member of his troupe who played or sang the wrong note or committed some other infraction. Brown used his splayed fingers and hand signals to alert the offending person of the fine that person must pay to him for breaking his rules.[57]
Brown’s demands of his support acts were, however, quite the reverse. As Fred Wesley recalled of his time as MD of the JBs, if Brown felt intimidated by a support act he would try “To undermine their performances by shortening their sets without notice, demanding that they not do certain showstopping songs, and even insisting on doing the unthinkable, playing drums on some of their songs. A sure set killer.”
Social activism

Brown shakes the hand of the painter Groover, who gave him a picture during his tour in Guadeloupe in the 1980s
[edit]Education advocacy and humanitarianism
Influenced by his own troubled childhood, which included having to be forced out of seventh grade for wearing “insufficient clothes”, Brown’s main non-musical activism was in preserving the need for education among youths, particularly black youths, who consisted of large school dropout rates in the mid-1960s. As a result of this, Brown was motivated to write the song, “Don’t Be a Drop-Out”, which was released in 1966 under the “James Brown and The Famous Flames” billing though the actual recording featured none of its members with the exception of Brown.
The song’s royalties were later donated to charity used for drop-out prevention programs, which later resulted in Brown meeting up with President Lyndon B. Johnson, who gave him a citation for being a positive role model to the youth. Throughout the remainder of his life, Brown made public speeches in front of dozens of children and continued to advocate the importance of education in school. Upon filing his will in 2002, Brown advised that most of the money in his estate go into creating the I Feel Good, Inc. Trust to benefit disadvantaged children and provide scholarships for his grandchildren. His final single, “Killing Is Out, School Is In”, advocated against murders of young children in the streets.
Brown often went on trips to his childhood neighborhood in Augusta and gave out money and other items to those he felt were in need. A week before his death in December 2006, a gravely ill-looking Brown took time to give out Christmas toys and turkeys to an Atlanta orphanage. Brown had done this several times over the years.
[edit]Civil rights and self-reliance
Brown and his band first participated in benefit concerts for civil rights groups starting in 1965, performing for organizations such as the SCLC. In 1968, Brown recorded two socially conscious songs, “America Is My Home” and “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”.[35] The former song, in which Brown performed a rap, advocated patriotism and went against the majority of some anti-patriotic views of the country, particularly pointing out that America was one of the few countries where “you can start as a shoeshine boy and shake hands with the President” and to “stop pitying yoursel[ves] and get up and fight.” This coincided with Brown’s participation in performing in front of troops during the Vietnam War.
“Say It Loud” was written in response from some black civil rights organizations to take a bigger stance in their movements, an issue that Brown wasn’t much involved in at the time. The song was inspired by television coverage of black on black crime as well as concurrent issues concerning the race riots that occurred following Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death while Brown was in Los Angeles. Brown wrote the words and asked his bandleader at the time, Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, to compose the music. The song’s lyrics helped to make it an anthem to the civil rights movement. Some critics later stated that the song had gotten through to black youths better than some civil rights leaders’ speeches. Throughout the remainder of his career and after his death, Brown was credited by some of his admirers for “destroying the word Negro from the vocabulary and making it cool to call yourself ‘Black’.” Brown was more or so indifferent to the response of the song only performing it sporadically after 1969, later stating in his 1986 autobiography:
The song is obsolete now… But it was necessary to teach pride then, and I think the song did a lot of good for a lot of people… People called “Black and Proud” militant and angry – maybe because of the line about dying on your feet instead of living on your knees. But really, if you listen to it, it sounds like a children’s song. That’s why I had children in it, so children who heard it could grow up feeling pride… The song cost me a lot of my crossover audience. The racial makeup at my concerts was mostly black after that. I don’t regret it, though, even if it was misunderstood.”[59]
He performed in front of a televised audience in Boston the day after Dr. King’s death.[35] Brown has been often given credit for preventing rioting with the performance though that was disputed due to the airing of the PBS/VH-1 special, The Night James Brown Saved Boston.[60] Mayor Kevin White strongly restrained the Boston Police from cracking down on minor violence and protests after the assassination,[60] and Boston religious and community leaders worked to keep tempers from flaring.[60] Also, White arranged to have the Brown performance broadcast multiple times on Boston’s public television station, WGBH, thus keeping many potential rioters off the streets, watching the concert for free. Brown demanded $60,000 for “gate” fees (money he thought would be lost from ticket sales on account of the concert being broadcast for free), and then threatened to go public about the secret arrangement when the city balked at paying up after the concert, news of which would have been a political death-blow to White, and possibly sparked riots on its own.[60] White successfully lobbied the behind-the-scenes power-brokering group known as “The Vault” to come up with money for Brown’s gate fee and other social programs; The Vault contributed $100,000 to such programs, and Brown received $15,000 from them via the city. White persuaded management at the Boston Garden to give up their share of receipts to make up the difference.[60]
Brown was then advised by the then current administration of President Johnson to travel to riot-torn black communities and advise the youth to “cool it, there is another way” of addressing racism and other issues.[61] In 1971, he was made “freeman of the city” in Lagos, Nigeria after performing there by Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, for his “influence on Black people all over the world.”[62] With his company, James Brown Enterprises, Brown helped to provide jobs for blacks in businesses in the communities.[63] Though Brown seemed to show support toward causes to improve the conditions of youths, he was against anything that he felt went against his beliefs, often criticizing militant black leaders in songs such as “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” and “Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing”, the latter song in which he was often accused of not doing more for blacks. Brown also recorded songs aiming towards self-reliance including “I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I’ll Get It Myself)”. As the early 1970s continued, he performed songs of other social matters that were troubling the black community including drug abuse in the song, “King Heroin”, in 1972.
[edit]Political views
Though Democrat Lyndon B. Johnson was the one who convinced Brown to go to riot-torn inner cities in the wake of the King assassination, Brown was a staunch Republican.[64] Although he initially spoke at political rallies with Hubert Humphrey, following the riots that engaged during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Brown switched his endorsement to Richard Nixon and was one of the few Black celebrities who openly admitted it. During the 1972 presidential election, Brown again endorsed Nixon for his second term. Because of a perceived heavily negative view of Nixon by blacks, Brown’s records faced boycott in several radio stations across the country as a result of angry black leaders’ disgust at Brown’s stance. Some of the singer’s concerts during this time were protested. Brown also upset black liberals by agreeing to perform for troops during the Vietnam War despite the public’s growing opposition against the war at the time.
In 1999, when being interviewed by Rolling Stone, the magazine asked him to name a hero in the 20th century, Brown mentioned Republican Senator Strom Thurmond, stating “when the young whippersnappers get out of line, whether Democrat or Republican, an old man can walk up and say ‘Wait a minute, son, it goes this way.’ And that’s great for our country. He’s like a grandfather to me.”[64] Thurmond and his son eventually helped to get Brown be released on parole from his six-year prison sentence in 1991. In 2003, Brown was the featured attraction of a D.C. fundraiser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee.[64] Following the deaths of Ronald Reagan and his friend and fellow Republican Ray Charles, Brown said to CNN, “I’m kind of in an uproar. I love the country and I got – you know I’ve been around a long time, through many presidents and everything. So after losing Mr. Reagan, who I knew very well, then Mr. Ray Charles, who I worked with and lived with like, all our life, we had a show together in Oakland many, many years ago and it’s like you found the placard.”[64]
[edit]Personal life

At the end of his life, James Brown lived in a riverfront home in Beech Island, South Carolina, directly across the Savannah River from Augusta, Georgia. James Brown was diagnosed with diabetes at a very early stage of his life.[citation needed] In 2004 Brown was successfully treated for prostate cancer.[65] Regardless of his health, Brown maintained his reputation as the “hardest working man in show business” by keeping up with his grueling performance schedule.
[edit]Marriages and children
Brown was married three times — Velma Warren (1953–1969, divorced), Deidre “Deedee” Jenkins (October 22, 1970 – January 10, 1981, divorced) and Adrienne Lois Rodriguez (March 9, 1950 – January 6, 1996) (1984–1996, wife’s death). He also had a relationship with Tomi Rae Hynie (2001–2004). From these and other relationships, James Brown had five sons — Teddy Brown (1954–1973), Terry Brown, Larry Brown, Daryl Brown (a member of Brown’s backing band) and James Joseph Brown II, in addition to four daughters — Lisa Brown, Dr. Yamma Noyola Brown Lumar, Deanna Brown Thomas and Venisha Brown.[5][66][67] Brown also had eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.[5][66] Brown’s eldest son, Teddy, died in a car crash on June 14, 1973.[68] According to an August 22, 2007 article published in the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, DNA tests indicate that Brown also fathered at least three extramarital children. The only one of them who has been identified is LaRhonda Pettit (born 1962), a retired air stewardess and teacher who lives in Houston.[69]
[edit]Brown-Hynie marriage controversy
Much controversy surrounds Tomi Rae Hynie’s marriage to James Brown on December 23, 2002, officiated by Rev. Larry Fryer.[70] Brown’s longtime attorney, Albert “Buddy” Dallas, reported that the marriage between Brown and Hynie was not valid because Hynie was married at that time to Javed Ahmed, a Bangladeshi whom Hynie claimed married her for a Green Card in an immigration fraud. Although Hynie stated that her marriage to Javed Ahmed was later annulled, this annulment did not occur until April 2004.[70][71] In an interview on CNN with Larry King, Hynie produced a 2001 marriage certificate as proof of her marriage to James Brown, but she did not provide King with court records pointing to an annulment of her marriage to him or to Ahmed.[72]
According to Dallas, Brown was angry and hurt that Hynie concealed her prior marriage from him, and that Brown moved to file for annulment from Hynie.[73] Dallas added that, although Hynie’s marriage to Javed Ahmed was annulled after she married James Brown, the Brown-Hynie marriage was not valid under South Carolina law because Brown and Hynie did not remarry after the annulment.[72][74] In August 2003, Brown took out a full-page public notice in Variety Magazine featuring Hynie, James II and himself on vacation at Disney World to announce that he and Hynie were going their separate ways.[75][76]
[edit]Paternity of James Brown II
In a separate CNN interview, Debra Opri, another Brown family attorney, revealed to Larry King that Brown wanted a DNA test performed after his death to confirm the paternity of James Brown II — not for Brown’s sake, but for the sake of the other family members.[77] In April 2007, Hynie selected a guardian ad litem whom she wants appointed by the court to represent her son, James Brown II, in the paternity proceedings.[78]
[edit]Drug addiction
Throughout the first 20 years of Brown’s career, Brown was known to carry around a drug-free policy with any member of his entourage, including his band, firing people for disobeying orders, especially those who would use or abuse drugs. Brown’s policy caused some of the “interim members” of Brown’s vocal group The Famous Flames being fired for their usage of drugs and alcohol. Noting of this policy, some of the original members of Brown’s 1970s band, The J.B.’s including the Collins brothers, Catfish and Bootsy, intentionally got high on acid during a 1971 concert gig, causing Brown to fire them after the show because he had expected them to be on drugs all along, according to Bootsy Collins.
Though this policy maintained through the mid-1970s, by the late-1970s, it was alleged that Brown himself had started to use drugs. By the mid-1980s, after meeting and marrying Adrienne Rodriguez, she and Brown began using PCP, or “angel dust”. A PCP-triggered Brown would be later arrested several times in the mid-1980s and early-1990s for domestic violence against Rodriguez. After being arrested in May 1988 for allegedly hitting Rodriguez with a lead pipe and shooting at her in their car during an argument, Brown went on TV with a local Los Angeles reporter via satellite from Atlanta and appeared to be behaving erratically in response to some of the interviewer’s questions, refusing to talk about the domestic issue with Rodriguez but instead wanted to bring more focus on his professional work including an upcoming tour of Brazil; at one point Brown began shouting out his song titles to one of the reporter’s questions. This interview was later satirized by comedian Cedric the Entertainer during an appearance on Comic View. The interview later went viral in the early years of the new millennium and led some assuming that Brown was either drunk or doped up.
One of Brown’s former mistresses recalled in an GQ magazine article on Brown some years after his death that Brown would smoke PCP “until that got hard to find”, and cocaine, mixed with tobacco in Kools cigarettes.[79] In January 1998, he spent a week in rehab to deal with an addiction to prescription painkillers; a week following his release, he was arrested for an unlawful use of a handgun and possession of marijuana.[80]
[edit]Legal issues
Brown’s personal life was marred by several brushes with the law. At the age of 16, he was arrested for theft and served 3 years in prison. In 1978, while in concert at the Apollo, Brown was arrested onstage for failing to comply with a government order not to leave the country during an investigation of his radio stations.[46] In 1988, Brown was arrested twice, first for drugs and weapons charges in May, and later in September of that year following an alleged high-speed car chase on Interstate 20 near the Georgia-South Carolina state border. He was convicted of carrying an unlicensed pistol and assaulting a police officer, along with various drug-related and driving offenses. Although he was sentenced to six years in prison, he was eventually released in 1991 after serving only three years of his sentence. Brown’s FBI file, released to The Washington Post in 2007 under the Freedom of Information Act,[81] related Brown’s claim that the high-speed chase did not occur as claimed by the police, and that local police shot at his car several times during an incident of police harassment and assaulted him after his arrest.[82] Local authorities found no merit to Brown’s accusations.
In another incident, the police were summoned to Brown’s residence on July 3, 2000 after he was accused of charging at an electric company repairman with a steak knife when the repairman visited Brown’s house to investigate a complaint about having no lights at the residence.[83] In 2003, Brown was pardoned by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services for past crimes that he was convicted of committing in South Carolina.[84]
For the remainder of his life, Brown was repeatedly arrested for domestic violence. Adrienne Rodriguez, his third wife, had him arrested four times between 1987 and 1995 on charges of assault. In January 2004, Brown was arrested in South Carolina on a domestic violence charge after Tomi Rae Hynie accused him of pushing her to the floor during an argument at their home, where she suffered scratches and bruises to her right arm and hip. Later that year in June 2004, Brown pleaded no contest to the domestic violence incident, but served no jail time. Instead, Brown was required to forfeit a US$1,087 bond as punishment.[85]
In January 2005, a woman named Jacque Hollander filed a lawsuit against James Brown, which stemmed from an alleged 1988 forcible rape. When the case was initially heard before a judge in 2002, Hollander’s claims against Brown were dismissed by the court as the limitations period for filing the suit had expired. Hollander claimed that stress from the alleged assault later caused her to contract Graves’ Disease, a thyroid condition. Hollander claimed that the incident took place in South Carolina while she was employed by Brown as a publicist. Hollander alleged that, during her ride in a van with Brown, Brown pulled over to the side of the road and sexually assaulted her while he threatened her with a shotgun. In her case against Brown, Hollander entered as evidence a DNA sample and a polygraph result, but the evidence was not considered due to the limitations defense. Hollander later attempted to bring her case before the Supreme Court but nothing became of her complaint.[86]
[edit]Death and aftermath
Death
On December 23, 2006, James Brown became ill and showed up at his dentist’s office in Atlanta, Georgia several hours later than his appointment for dental implant work. During that visit, Brown’s dentist observed that Brown looked “very bad … weak and dazed.” Instead of performing the dental work, the dentist advised Brown to see a doctor right away about his medical condition.[22]
Brown checked in at the Emory Crawford Long Memorial Hospital the next day for a medical evaluation of his condition, and he was admitted to the hospital for observation and treatment.[87] According to Charles Bobbit, Brown’s longtime personal manager and friend, Brown had been sick and suffering with a noisy cough since he returned from a November trip to Europe.[22] Bobbit also added that it was characteristic of Brown to never complain about being sick, and that he frequently performed during illness.[22] Although Brown had to cancel upcoming shows in Waterbury, Connecticut and Englewood, New Jersey, Brown was confident that the doctor would discharge him from the hospital in time to perform the New Year’s Eve shows. For the New Year’s celebrations, Brown was scheduled to perform at the Count Basie Theatre in New Jersey and at the B. B. King Blues Club in New York, in addition to performing a song live on CNN for the Anderson Cooper New Year’s Eve special.[87] However, Brown remained hospitalized, and his medical condition worsened throughout that day.
On Christmas Day, Brown died at approximately 1:45 am EST (06:45 UTC) from congestive heart failure resulting from complications of pneumonia, with his personal manager and longtime friend Charles Bobbit at his bedside.[88] According to Mr. Bobbit, Brown stuttered “I’m going away tonight”, and then Brown took three long, quiet breaths and fell asleep before dying.[89]
[edit]Memorial services

Public memorial at the Apollo Theater in Harlem

Private funeral in Augusta, Georgia, with Michael Jackson attending
After Brown’s death on Christmas Day, Brown’s relatives and friends, a host of celebrities and thousands of fans attended public memorial services at the Apollo Theater in New York on December 28, 2006 and at the James Brown Arena on December 30, 2006 in Augusta, Georgia.[66] A separate, private memorial service was also held in North Augusta, South Carolina on December 29, 2006,[5] which was attended by Brown’s family and close friends. Celebrities who attended Brown’s public and/or private memorial services included Michael Jackson, Jimmy Cliff, Joe Frazier, Buddy Guy, Ice Cube, Ludacris, Dr. Dre, Little Richard, Dick Gregory, MC Hammer, Prince, Jesse Jackson, Ice-T, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bootsy Collins, LL Cool J, Li’l Wayne, Lenny Kravitz, 50 Cent, Stevie Wonder, and Don King, among others.[90][91][92][93] All of the public and private memorial services were officiated by Rev. Al Sharpton.[94][95]
Brown’s public and private memorial ceremonies were elaborate, complete with costume changes for Brown and videos featuring him in concert performances. Brown’s body, which was placed in a Promethean casket, which is bronze polished to a golden shine, was driven through the streets of New York to the Apollo Theater in a white, glass-encased horse-drawn carriage.[96][97] In Augusta, Georgia, the procession for Brown’s public memorial visited Brown’s statue as the procession made its way to the James Brown Arena. During the public memorial at the James Brown Arena, nachos and pretzels were served to mourners, as a video showed Brown’s last performance in Augusta, Georgia and the Ray Charles version of “Georgia on My Mind” played soulfully in the background.[98][99][100] Brown’s last backup band, The Soul Generals, also played the music of Brown’s hits during the memorial service at the James Brown Arena. The group was joined by Bootsy Collins on bass, with MC Hammer performing a dance in James Brown style.[101] Former Temptations lead singer Ali-Ollie Woodson performed “Walk Around Heaven All Day” at the memorial services.[102]
[edit]Last will and testament
James Brown signed his last will and testament on August 1, 2000, before Strom Thurmond, Jr., an attorney for Brown’s estate.[103] The irrevocable trust, separate and apart from Brown’s will, was created on Brown’s behalf in 2000 by his attorney, Albert “Buddy” Dallas, who was named as one of three personal representatives of Brown’s estate. Brown’s will covered the disposition of his personal assets, such as clothing, cars and jewelry, while Brown’s irrevocable trust covered the disposition of music rights, business assets of James Brown Enterprises and Brown’s Beech Island estate in South Carolina.[104]
During the reading of Brown’s will on January 11, 2007, Thurmond revealed that Brown’s six adult living children (Terry Brown, Larry Brown, Daryl Brown, Yamma Brown Lumar, Deanna Brown Thomas and Venisha Brown) were named in the will. Hynie and James II were not mentioned in the will as parties who could inherit Brown’s property.[103][105] Brown’s will was signed ten months before James II was born and more than a year before Brown’s marriage to Tomi Rae Hynie. Like Brown’s will, his irrevocable trust also did not mention Hynie and James II as recipients of Brown’s property. The irrevocable trust was established before, and had not been amended since, the birth of James II.[106]
On January 24, 2007, Brown’s children filed a lawsuit against the personal representatives of Brown’s estate. In their petition, Brown’s children asked the court to remove the personal representatives of Brown’s estate (including Brown’s attorney and estate’s trustee, Albert “Buddy” Dallas) and appoint a special administrator because of perceived impropriety and alleged mismanagement of Brown’s assets.[107][108] To challenge the validity of the will and irrevocable trust, Hynie also filed a lawsuit against Brown’s estate on January 31, 2007. In her lawsuit against Brown’s estate, Hynie asked the court to recognize her as Brown’s widow, and she also asked the court to appoint a special administrator for the estate.[109]
[edit]Burial at temporary site
After the public and private memorial services in late December 2006, James Brown’s body remained in his casket for a time in a temperature-controlled room at his estate. Brown’s casket was later moved to an undisclosed location, while his children and Tomi Rae Hynie became embroiled in disputes about Brown’s final resting place and matters related to probating his will.[110] More than ten weeks after Brown’s death and the public and private memorial services, Brown’s children and Hynie decided on a temporary burial site for James Brown. Brown was buried on March 10, 2007 in a crypt at the home of Deanna Brown Thomas, one of Brown’s daughters who also held a private ceremony for the temporary burial.[111]
— with Michael Falkenstein, Klaus Maier and James Brown

1966 November 17 — Taxpayers Against War
Brought To You By Jon Hammond was there: TAXPAYERS AGAINST WAR NOV. 17 A PUBLIC MEETING GLIDE METHODIST CHURCH ELLIS AND TAYLOR, S.F. 8PM Speakers FRANCIS HEISLER JOAN BAEZ “REFUNDS FROM 1965 TAXES”
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Meeting Glide Methodist Church Ellis and Taylor, S.F. 8PM

FRANCIS HEISLER
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Published: July 7, 1984
CARMEL, Calif., July 6— Francis Heisler, a decorated veteran of World War I who became a lawyer and defended hundreds of conscientious objectors in three wars, died Thursday.

He was 88 years old.

Richard Criley, a longtime friend who is vice chairman of the Northern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, said Mr.. Heisler had defended more than 2,000 conscientious objectors in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Mr. Heisler was born in Hungary and served as a lieutenant in World War I, and was decorated for bravery under fire. He came to the United States after the war and became a lawyer. He is survived by his wife, Friedy, and two grandchildren.

Joan Baez
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Joan Baez ( /ˈbaɪ.ɛz/) (born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace, and environmental justice.
Baez has a distinctive vocal style, with a strong vibrato.[1] Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues.
Baez began her career performing in coffeehouses in Boston and Cambridge, and rose to fame as an unbilled performer at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. She began her recording career in 1960, and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status, and stayed on the charts of hit albums for two years.[2]
Baez has had a popular hit song with “Diamonds & Rust” and hit covers of Phil Ochs’s “There but for Fortune” and The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. Other songs associated with Baez include “Farewell, Angelina”, “Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word”, “Joe Hill”, “Sweet Sir Galahad” and “We Shall Overcome”. She performed three of the songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, helped to bring the songs of Bob Dylan to national prominence, and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.[3]
Baez has performed publicly for over 53 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the 1960s, encompassing everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez is generally regarded as an interpreter of other people’s work, having recorded songs by The Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant.
Joan Baez ( /ˈbaɪ.ɛz/) (born January 9, 1941 as Joan Chandos Báez) is an American folk singer, songwriter, musician, and a prominent activist in the fields of human rights, peace, and environmental justice.
Baez has a distinctive vocal style, with a strong vibrato.[1] Her recordings include many topical songs and material dealing with social issues.
Baez began her career performing in coffeehouses in Boston and Cambridge, and rose to fame as an unbilled performer at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival. She began her recording career in 1960, and achieved immediate success. Her first three albums, Joan Baez, Joan Baez, Vol. 2, and Joan Baez in Concert all achieved gold record status, and stayed on the charts of hit albums for two years.[2]
Baez has had a popular hit song with “Diamonds & Rust” and hit covers of Phil Ochs’s “There but for Fortune” and The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”. Other songs associated with Baez include “Farewell, Angelina”, “Love Is Just a Four-Letter Word”, “Joe Hill”, “Sweet Sir Galahad” and “We Shall Overcome”. She performed three of the songs at the 1969 Woodstock Festival, helped to bring the songs of Bob Dylan to national prominence, and has displayed a lifelong commitment to political and social activism in the fields of nonviolence, civil rights, human rights and the environment.[3]
Baez has performed publicly for over 53 years, releasing over 30 albums. Fluent in Spanish as well as in English, she has also recorded songs in at least six other languages. She is regarded as a folk singer, although her music has diversified since the 1960s, encompassing everything from folk rock and pop to country and gospel music. Although a songwriter herself, Baez is generally regarded as an interpreter of other people’s work, having recorded songs by The Allman Brothers Band, The Beatles, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, Violeta Parra, Woody Guthrie, The Rolling Stones, Pete Seeger, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Leonard Cohen, and many others. In recent years, she has found success interpreting songs of modern songwriters such as Ryan Adams, Josh Ritter, Steve Earle and Natalie Merchant.
Early life

Baez was born on Staten Island, New York in 1941.[4] Her father, Albert Baez, was born in 1912 in Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, and died March 20, 2007.[5] His father, Joan’s grandfather, the Reverend Alberto Baez, left Catholicism to become a Methodist minister and moved to the U.S. when Albert was two years old. Albert grew up in Brooklyn, New York, where his father preached to—and advocated for—a Spanish-speaking congregation.[6] Albert first considered becoming a minister but instead he turned to the study of mathematics and physics, where he later became a co-inventor of the x-ray microscope[7][8][9] and author of one of the most widely used physics textbooks[10] in the U.S. The Baez family converted to Quakerism during Joan’s early childhood, and she has continued to identify with the tradition, particularly in her commitment to pacifism and social issues.[citation needed]
Her mother, Joan (Bridge) Baez, referred to as Joan Senior or “Big Joan”, was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, the second daughter of an English Anglican priest descended from the Dukes of Chandos.[11] Joan Senior and Albert met at a high-school dance in Madison, New Jersey, and quickly fell in love. After their marriage, the newlyweds moved to California.[citation needed]
Baez had two sisters — the elder, Pauline, and the younger, Mimi Fariña. Mimi, also a musician and activist, died of cancer in California in 2001.[12]
Because of her father’s work in health care and with UNESCO, the family moved many times, living in towns across the U.S, as well as in England, France, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, and the Middle East, including Iraq, where they were in 1951. Joan became involved with a variety of social causes early in her career, including civil rights and non-violence.[13] ‘Social justice, she stated in the PBS series American Masters, is the true core of [her] life, looming larger than music.'[14]
[edit]Music career

[edit]Early years
A friend of Joan’s father gave her a ukulele. She learned four chords, which enabled her to play rhythm and blues, the music she was listening to at the time. Her parents, however, were fearful that the music would lead her into a life of drug addiction.[15] When she was 8, at her aunt’s behest, Baez attended a concert by folk musician Pete Seeger, and found herself strongly moved by his music.[15] She soon began practicing the songs of his repertoire and performing them publicly. One of her very earliest public performances was at a retreat in Saratoga, California, for a youth group from Temple Beth Jacob, a Redwood City, California, congregation. In 1957, Baez bought her first Gibson acoustic guitar.
[edit]College music scene in Massachusetts
In 1958, her father accepted a faculty position at MIT, and moved his family to Massachusetts. At that time, it was within the center of the up-and-coming folk-music scene, and Baez began performing near home in Boston and nearby Cambridge. She also performed in clubs, and attended Boston University for about six weeks.[14] In 1958, at the Club 47 in Cambridge, she gave her first concert. When designing the poster for the performance, Baez considered changing her performing name to either Rachel Sandperl, the surname of her long-time mentor, Ira Sandperl or Maria from the song “They Call the Wind Maria”. She later opted against doing so, fearing that people would accuse her of changing her last name because it was Spanish. The audience consisted of her parents, her sister Mimi, her boyfriend, and a small group of friends, resulting in a total of eight patrons. She was paid ten dollars. Baez was later asked back and began performing twice a week for $25 per show.[16]
A few months later, Baez and two other folk enthusiasts made plans to record an album in the cellar of a friend’s house. The three sang solos and duets, a family friend designed the album cover, and it was released on Veritas Records that same year as Folksingers ‘Round Harvard Square. Baez later met Bob Gibson and Odetta, who were at the time two of the most prominent vocalists singing folk and gospel music. Baez cites Odetta as a primary influence along with Marian Anderson and Seeger.[17] Gibson invited Baez to perform with him at the 1959 Newport Folk Festival, where the two sang two duets, “Virgin Mary Had One Son” and “We Are Crossing Jordan River”. The performance generated substantial praise for the “barefoot Madonna” with the otherworldly voice, and it was this appearance that led to Baez signing with Vanguard Records the following year[18] although Columbia Records tried to sign her first.[19] Baez later claimed that she felt she would be given more artistic license at a more “low key” label.[20]
[edit]First albums and 1960s breakthrough

Baez playing at the March on Washington in August 1963.
Her true professional career began at that 1959 Newport Folk Festival; following that appearance, she recorded her first album for Vanguard, Joan Baez (1960), produced by Fred Hellerman of The Weavers, who produced many albums by folk artists. The collection of traditional folk ballads, blues and laments sung to her own guitar accompaniment sold moderately well. It featured many popular Child Ballads of the day, such as “Mary Hamilton” and was recorded in only four days in the ballroom of New York City’s Manhattan Towers Hotel. The album also included “El Preso Numero Nueve”, a song sung entirely in Spanish. (She would rerecord the later song in 1974 for inclusion on her Spanish-language album, Gracias a la Vida)
Her second release, Joan Baez, Vol. 2 (1961) went “gold”, as did Joan Baez in Concert, Part 1 (1962) and Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2 (1963). Like its immediate predecessor, Joan Baez, Vol. 2 contained strictly traditional material. Her two albums of live material, Joan Baez in Concert, Part 1 and its second counterpart, were unique in that, unlike most live albums, they contained only new songs, rather than established favorites. It was Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2 that featured Baez’s first-ever Dylan cover. From the early-to-mid-1960s, Baez emerged at the forefront of the American roots revival, where she introduced her audiences to the then-unknown Bob Dylan (the two became romantically involved in late 1962, remaining together through early 1965), and was emulated by artists such as Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt.
Though primarily an albums artist, several of Baez’ singles have charted and the first being her 1965 cover of Phil Ochs’ “There but for Fortune”, which became a mid-level chart hit in the U.S. and a top-ten single in the United Kingdom. Baez added other instruments to her recordings on Farewell, Angelina (1965), which features several Dylan songs interspersed with more traditional fare. Deciding to experiment after having exhausted the folksinger-with-guitar format, Baez turned to Peter Schickele, a classical music composer, who provided classical orchestration for her next three albums: Noël (1966), Joan (1967) and Baptism: A Journey Through Our Time (1968). Noël was a Christmas album of traditional material, while Baptism was akin to a concept album, featuring Baez reading and singing poems written by celebrated poets such as James Joyce, Federico García Lorca and Walt Whitman.
In 1968, Baez traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, where a marathon recording session resulted in two albums. The first, Any Day Now (1968), consists exclusively of Dylan covers. The other, the country-music-infused David’s Album (1969) was recorded for husband David Harris, a prominent anti-Vietnam War protester eventually imprisoned for draft resistance. Harris, a country-music fan, turned Baez toward more complex country-rock influences beginning with David’s Album. Later in 1968, she published her first memoir, Daybreak (by Dial Press). In 1969, her appearance at Woodstock in upstate New York afforded her an international musical and political podium, particularly upon the successful release of the documentary film Woodstock (1970). Beginning in the late 1960s, Baez began writing many of her own songs, beginning with “Sweet Sir Galahad” and “A Song For David”, both songs appearing on her 1970 (I Live) One Day at a Time album; the former song was written about her sister Mimi’s second marriage, while the later was a tribute to Harris.
Baez’s distinctive vocal style and political activism had a significant impact on popular music. She was one of the first musicians to use her popularity as a vehicle for social protest, singing and marching for human rights and peace. Baez came to be considered the “most accomplished interpretive folksinger/songwriter of the 1960s.”[21] Her appeal extended far beyond the folk-music audience.[21] Of her fourteen Vanguard albums, thirteen made the top 100 of Billboard’s mainstream pop chart, eleven made the top forty, eight made the top twenty, and four made the top ten.[22]
[edit]1970s and the end of Vanguard years

Baez playing in a Hamburg TV studio, 1973
After eleven years with Vanguard, Baez decided in 1971 to cut ties with the label that had released her albums since 1960. She delivered them one last success with the gold-selling album Blessed Are… (1971) which spawned a top-ten hit in Robbie Robertson’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, her cover of The Band’s signature song. With Come from the Shadows (1972), Baez switched to A&M Records, where she remained for four years and six albums. Cont…

Radio France Inter Program from Jon Hammond Trio Concert

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Paris France — “Lydia’s Tune” – Onstage camera of Jon Hammond captures this live radio concert in Maison de Radio France Studio Charles Trenet Jazz vivant producteur délégué : André Francis
circa 28th March 1996

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This song was written by Jon Hammond in Hotel de Seine 1981 –
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HammondCast 133 Jon Hammond FSB Funk Soul Blues and Jazz

August 9, 2011

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40 Never Before Seen James Brown Photos with his God Son Michael Falkenstein

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Long Version – original music score from Michael Falkenstein & Jon Hammond as heard on Jon’s radio program HammondCast:

This incredible pictorial depicts the unique special relationship between James Brown the Godfather of Soul and his God Son Michael Falkenstein at the Hammond organ with original music soundtrack from Jon Hammond radio program HammondCast – musical selections:
Time With You
Six Year Itch
Get Back In The Groove
Watermelon Man
Late Rent / HammondCast Outro
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James Brown, Godfather, God Son, Michael Falkenstein, Hammond Organ, B3, XB-1, XB-2, Band, Soul Music, HammondCast, Radio, Sk1, Sk2, Keyboard

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40 Never Before Seen James Brown Photos with his God Son Michael Falkenstein from Jon Hammond on Vimeo.

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The Jon Hammond Show Sk1 Debut MNN TV

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The Jon Hammond Show Sk1 MNN TV World Debut of the new stage keyboard organ from Hammond Suzuki world’s first road test with Jon Hammond Band in Germany during the International Musikmesse Frankfurt. Jon’s annual Musikmesse-Session celebrating 25 consecutive years with live concert in Jazzkeller Hofheim. Jon Hammond – Sk1 Hammond organ Joe Berger – guitar Giovanni Gulino – drums Peter Klohmann – tenor saxophone as seen on Jon’s long-running cable TV program The Jon Hammond Show on MNN TV in New York City 28th year http://www.HammondCast.com

Candido Camero, HammondCast, Joe Wilder, Jon Hammond, KYOU Radio, Late Rent Session Men, Leigh Pilzer, NEA Jazz Master, Paquito D’Rivera, B3 organ, XK-3c, Sk1, Sk2, XB-2, Suzuki, James Brown

40 Never Before Seen James Brown Photos with his God Son Michael Falkenstein

July 25, 2011

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Long Version – original music score from Michael Falkenstein & Jon Hammond as heard on Jon’s radio program HammondCast:

This incredible pictorial depicts the unique special relationship between James Brown the Godfather of Soul and his God Son Michael Falkenstein at the Hammond organ with original music soundtrack from Jon Hammond radio program HammondCast – musical selections:
Time With You
Six Year Itch
Get Back In The Groove
Watermelon Man
Late Rent / HammondCast Outro
© http://www.HammondCast.com

James Brown, Godfather, God Son, Michael Falkenstein, Hammond Organ, B3, XB-1, XB-2, Band, Soul Music, HammondCast, Radio, Sk1, Sk2, Keyboard

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40 Never Before Seen James Brown Photos with his God Son Michael Falkenstein from Jon Hammond on Vimeo.

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The Jon Hammond Show Sk1 Debut MNN TV

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The Jon Hammond Show Sk1 MNN TV World Debut of the new stage keyboard organ from Hammond Suzuki world’s first road test with Jon Hammond Band in Germany during the International Musikmesse Frankfurt. Jon’s annual Musikmesse-Session celebrating 25 consecutive years with live concert in Jazzkeller Hofheim. Jon Hammond – Sk1 Hammond organ Joe Berger – guitar Giovanni Gulino – drums Peter Klohmann – tenor saxophone as seen on Jon’s long-running cable TV program The Jon Hammond Show on MNN TV in New York City 28th year http://www.HammondCast.com

Part 7 Jon Hammond Memorable Gigs, People and Places

September 13, 2010

Part 7 Jon Hammond Memorable Gigs, People and Places


Jon Hammond and The Late Rent Session Men onstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre for Bill Graham Presents with Barry Finnerty guitar, James Preston drums, Larry Schneider tenor sax, Jon Hammond at his 1965 Hammond B3 organ and trusty XB-2 organ
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Jon Hammond with his organ on the wheels in Frankfurt Germany and the post man from Deutsche Post with his wheels at Hotel Apollo on the Muenchenerstr.
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On the James Brown Bus with James Brown Soul Generals and ‘Generalettes’ photo by Jon Hammond 
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Jon Hammond with Todd Anderson tenor saxophonist and Jon’s neighbor. Todd was Jon’s composition and arranging teacher at Berklee College of Music in 1973-’74 and played tenor on Jon’s first album Late Rent 
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The Honorable San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan friend of Jon Hammond getting in his cop car taking care of business for the people of San Francisco photo by Jon Hammond 
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Dr. Sergei Khrushchev son of Nikita Khrushchev, author Khrushchev on Khrushchev – An Inside Account of the Man and His Era, by His Son, Sergei Khrushchev, edited and translated by William Taubman, photo by Jon Hammond aboard m.v. Olympic Voyager inauguration Port Canaveral FL 
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Captain George T. Apistolas on the Bridge of the World’s Fastest Cruise Ship photo by Jon Hammond 
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Jon Hammond on assignment for Escape! magazine


Jon’s friend Somo with Jon’s equipment, Jon Hammond was on his way to a gig with all his gear and stopped by to visit with Somo at his electronics shop in SF’s Tenderloin District. Somo comes from Yugoslavia 
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Dennis Finnegan jazz guitarist with Jon Hammond in North Beach San Francisco
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Top Secret Swearing In Ceremony of Board of Directors Local 6 Musicians Union San Francisco CA photo by Jon Hammond 
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Top Secret Swearing In Ceremony of Board of Directors Local 6 Musicians Union San Francisco CA photo by Jon Hammond 
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Jon Hammond on his way to a gig with Excelsior Accordion and all his gear on Jon’s famous Kart-A-Bag Super 600 wagon 
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Damon Wood guitarist and Hollie Farris long-time James Brown Band at James Brown bus in SF CA photo by Jon Hammond 
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Jon Hammond’s good friend Knut Benzner radio moderator journalist NDR Radio (middle) with Dr. Carlo May on right from Deutschlandfunk Radio Berlin, Manne Kraski of The Rattles on left (Knut’s right) photo by Jon Hammond in Hamburg St. Pauli
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Bert Gerecht record collection and priceless collection of antique Hofner violin Beatle Basses in Meisenheim Germany photo by Jon Hammond
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Chuggy Carter aka Leslie J. Carter percussion, Barry Finnerty guita, Graham Hawthorne drums and Jon Hammond on Jon Hammond and The Late Rent Session Men band gig at the famous 5 Spot Club in Hotel Wolcott where Buddy Holly stayed and recorded
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Dieter Schnapka on left looking on as Jon Hammond Band plays with Barry Finnerty guitar, Allen Wittig tenor sax, Jon is off camera to the right in Schirn Cafe chirn Kunsthalle Museum in Frankfurt Germany
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Joe Berger guitar and Bill Cobham drums at Gibson USA party in Frankfurt Marriott Hotel Musikmesse photo by Jon Hammond 
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Billy Cobham, B3 organ, Jon Hammond, Terence Hallinan, James Brown, Local 6 Musicians Union, Excelsior Accordion, Kart-A-Bag, Sergei Khrushchev, Schirn Kunsthalle, Musikmesse Frankfurt

Then and Now Jon Hammond

September 10, 2010

Then and Now Jon Hammond

Then and Now Jon Hammond playing Giulietti and Excelsior accordionshttp://www.accordionradio.com/


Then and Now Jon Hammond playing Wurlitzer 140b electric piano and XK-1 Hammond organ 
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Then and Now Jon Hammond playing custom electric Giulietti Classic 127 accordion in Topanga Canyon CA
and in Times Square New York playing his custom Excelsior AC/R with Sennheiser electronics http://www.accordionradio.com/
Then and Now Jon Hammond far right in HADES band and Jon Hammond far left in Jon Hammond Band Frankfurt Germany http://www.jonhammondband.com/


Then and Now Jon Hammond 1968 in Berkeley California and Jon Hammond in Moscow Russia 
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Then and Now Jon Hammond accordion and Marc Baum soprano saxophonehttp://www.accordionradio.com/


Then and Now Jon Hammond playing his 1965 B3 organ with 2 Leslie speakers, and playing B3 in Zurich Switzerland in Club xTra
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Jon Hammond 1969 Berkeley CA and Jon Hammond on Harold Channer’s TV Show Conversations in New York City http://www.jonhammondband.com/


Then and Now Jon Hammond playing B3 Hammond organ in exclusive Wychmere Harbor Club in Harwich Port MA and Jon playing at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View CA 
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Then and Now Eddie Money and Jon Hammond on top of the Empire State Building in New York City, and Jon and Eddie on Jon’s radio show on KYOU Radiohttp://www.HammondCast.com/


Then and Now Jon Hammond playing in Boston 1975 playing his 1957 Gibson CF-100 guitar and Jon playing his 1968 Gibson Byrdland in NYC 2010http://www.HammondCast.com/


Then and Now Bernard Purdie and Jon Hammond playing in Zanzibar and Grill NYC 1990, Bernard and Jon 2010 Winter NAMM Show http://www.HammondCast.com/


Then and Now Jon Hammond 5th Beatle 1965, Jon with James Brown Soul Generals band at BB King’s NYC http://www.HammondCast.com/


Then and Now Jon Hammond as a painting onstage at Regina Niteclub on the Grosse Freiheit Reeperbahn Hamburg painted by Michael August aka ILLUSRATORP and actual photo concert Nov. 1996 http://www.HammondCast.com/


Then and Now, Jon Hammond, James Brown, The Beatles, Accordion, Excelsior, Giulietti, B3 organ, XB-2, Eddie Money, Gibson Guitar, Hamburg Reeperbahn, Local 802 Musicians Union, Bernard Purdie,
Wurlitzer electric piano, XK-1, Hades, Elmar Lemes, Times Square, Moscow Russia, Berkeley California, Soprano Saxophone, Harold Channer, TV Show, Conversations, Wychmere Harbor Club, Harwich Port, Boston, Combat Zone, Empire State Building, Fender Band-Master, Zanzibar, NAMM Show, Soul Generals, Erik Hargrove, Grosse Freiheit, Regina Niteclub, Psychedelic Accordionist

Boots Hughston organizer of Summer of Love 40 and West Fest Woodstock 40th on HammondCast KYOU Radio

September 20, 2009

*WATCH AND LISTEN TO THE VIDEO HERE:


http://ia360616.us.archive.org/3/items/JonHammondBootsHughstonInterviewonHammondCastKYOURadio/HammondCast129offairBootsIntvw.mp4


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NzxbtNsPovo


Boots Hughston interview with Jon Hammond on KYOU Radio HammondCast (excerpt). Boots is former partner of Chet Helms Family Dog Productions and organizer producer of Summer Of Love 40 Year Anniversary in Golden Gate Park and organizer of The West Fest Woodstock 40th Anniversary Golden Gate Park.
Recorded from the broadcast by Mr. Hammond personally on his famous SONY CFS-D7 Boom Box.
© www.HammondCast.com
Jazz Foundation of America, Elmar Lemes, ASCAP Network, B3 organ, XK-3c, Blues, Funky, Rhonda Hamilton, WBGO


ASCAP Network Behind The Beat with Jon Hammond “LATE RENT”


Elmar Lemes photo of Jon Hammond playing XK-3 organ at Local 802 Monday Night Jazz Session sponsored by Jazz Foundation of America


Jon Hammond MySpace

HammondCast

ASCAP Network Behind The Beat “NDR SESSIONS Projekt”


Jon Hammond is an endorsed artist of Hammond Suzuki USA

Jon Hammond’s friend The Honorable Terence Hallinan, former San Francisco District Attorney who has helped overcome some of the legal obsticles of the Summer of Love 40th Anniversary and The West Fest Woodstock 40th Anniversary Golden Gate Park. A true Bay Area treasure and hero:

Boots Hughston, Chet Helms, Family Dog, Golden Gate Park, Grateful Dead, HammondCast, James Brown, Jon Hammond, KYOU Radio, Summer Of Love, XK-3c, The West Fest Woodstock 40th Anniversary Golden Gate Park

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Summer of Love 40 Special Hammond Cast guest Boots Hughston KYOU Radio

May 23, 2009


*LISTEN TO HammondCast HERE:

HammondCast 129 KYOU Radio, special guest BOOTS HUGHSTON organizer of Summer of Love 40th, LYDIA PENSE & COLD BLOOD “Face The Music”, “It Could Be YOU”, TERRY HAGGERTY & SONS OF CHAMPLIN “Things Are Getting Better”, JAMES BROWN “I’ll Lose My Mind” James at the organ, BILL DOGGETT “High Heels” JON HAMMOND “White Onions”
© www.HammondCast.com

ASCAP Network Behind The Beat Jon Hammond

Photo by Elmar Lemes at 802 Monday Night Jazz Session Jon Hammond at XK-3 organ


Jon Hammond is endorsed artist for Hammond Suzuki USA


HammondCast

Photo: Terence Hallinan backstage, photo by Jon Hammond

Summer of Love, Boots Hughston, Terence Hallinan, Jon Hammond, Lydia Pense, Terry Haggerty, James Brown, Chet Helms, Family Dog, Sons of Champlin, KYOU Radio, ASCAP Network, Organ, Accordion

Rock Accordion thru stack of Marshalls with James Brown drummer Erik Hargrove

October 31, 2007

Jon Hammond and Marc Baum, Jon plays Excelsior Accordions

JON HAMMOND Band made ‘Accordion History’ at Frankfurt Musikmesse playing Rock Excelsior Accordion through 2 full stacks of Marshall Amps like Jimi Hendrix ! With ERIK HARGROVE drummer of James Brown Soul Generals, KEVIN MAUDER (he plays louder) tenor sax, TYRONE STARKS trombone playing Jon’s Soul Rock compositions “Get Back In The Groove” and theme song “Late Rent”. This was Jon’s 21st consecutive year playing at Musikmesse instrument trade show. Special thanks to the Musicians, Excelsior CEMEX, Neil Witchard & Frankfurt Messe. Catch Jon’s radio show HammondCast 7 days a week, KYOU 1550AM c)2007 http://www.HammondCast.com