Back in 2012, I originally intended for this post to be a Why Do We Do These Things entry. But this is James Brown we're talking about and I didn't have the heart to continue with those intentions.
Remember, this is the man that could make a ten minute song off of one phrase and no one would bat an eye because they were either moving and grooving, doing cocaine or moving and grooving while doing cocaine!
|"I'm concerned cause there's nothing wrong!"|
So when it came time for James to sing the National Anthem at the 1975 heavyweight championship fight between Muhammad Ali and Chuck Wepner, one should have expected that a rather "unique" and memorable rendition of the song would be performed. I mean, we already had Red Foxx on commentary, why not add to the night's' oddities! Not only did James stumble on some of the words from the hallowed tune, he actually improvised a call and response section in his performance as well as added some of the lyrics from the black national anthem ,Lift Every Voice and Sing, before concluding in grandiose fashion. I bet Francis Scott Key never imagined that his song would make listeners "Get up off of that thang!"- CgN