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Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers: Blow Your Whistle: Original Old School Breaks & Classic Funk Bombs

James Maycock, Vampi Soul Records, March 2007

JANUARY 2003. AUGUSTA, GEORGIA. A documentary crew are filming James Brown outside the house his aunt operated as a brothel in the 1940s. It was here, amidst the gamblers and prostitutes, that she raised him. Today, it's still the black side of town. Young men drive pass, screaming "JAAAAAMESSSSSS BRROWWWWWWN," much to his delight. A small crowd gathers on the sidewalk. A mother encourages her son to approach the famous singer. Cautiously, the youngster walks towards James Brown. His mother whispers, "Tell him your favourite song!" Brown beams at the boy. "What's your favourite?" he coaxes. "'Bustin' Loose'," replies the youngster. James Brown bursts into a gruff fit of laughter. "That ain't James Brown," he roars, "that's Chuck Brown!"

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